Weekly Update January 4 - January 8, 2021

posted Jan 3, 2021, 9:11 AM by Barry Oliver

Provincial Lockdown

Ontario Premier Doug Ford had announced a province-wide shut down starting on December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Even though all OCSB schools remain a safe place to learn, and the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools remains very low, the province decided that all Ontario elementary schools will be closed from January 4-8 and all secondary schools January 4-22, 2021. 

How does this affect OCSB students?

  • There is no change to the virtual academy or virtual learning programs.

  • There will be no regular class in-person learning for the week of January 4-8 at any school in the province, including OCSB schools.

  • K-8 classes will resume on Monday, January 4th, with teacher-directed online learning for all students and in-person learning resuming on Monday, January 11th.

What will Monday, January 4 look like for Elementary Students?

  • Staff return to work on Monday, January 4th and will need some time to transition to remote learning.

  • Parents will receive communication from the OCSB on the morning of January 4th with tutorials to explain the use of the Hapara Learning Management system and Google Meet video conferencing.

  • Before the regular lunch hour period, parents will receive a link to their child’s classroom Google Meet page.  This link will be used to connect with the classroom teacher on the afternoon of January 4th and each day during the lockdown.

  • During the remote learning period, students will follow the regular school timetable. This schedule includes start and end times and recesses. 

  • Parents may decide the appropriate amount of online screen time for their child during the remote learning period.  Educators will connect online with their class every day.

  • In-person classes and transportation will resume on Monday, January 11.

What will Remote Learning look like?

  • As per Ministry of Education guidance, approximately 75% of the instructional day will be synchronous learning for students in Grades 1-8 and 25% will be delivered asynchronously.  Students will follow their regular school hours and schedule each day.

  • Synchronous learning is part of the 300-minute instructional day during which teachers provide instruction and learning activities to students.

  • Our educators will use their professional judgement to provide flexibility to students who cannot fully participate in synchronous learning. 

  • Teachers will continue to provide various learning experiences to students, not all of which will require online computer-related instruction.  

  • Assessment continues during both in-person and remote learning during the lockdown.

Student Supports

  • Students with special education needs will continue to be supported by their classroom teacher in the online environment.  Students that receive resource or educational assistant support in person will receive similar supports in remote learning during the lockdown.

Mental Health Resources

If you are concerned about your child's mental health, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk.

  • Please visit OPH's Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360,  if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

  • Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

  • School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca

Learning Resources

  • The Ministry of Education recently announced the launch of two new portals, TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison, which supports students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers.

Student Transportation

  • There will be no student transportation services for either elementary or secondary students from January 4-8, 2021. Once elementary schools resume in-class instruction on January 11, 2021, student transportation services will resume.

Extended Day Programs

  • During the lockdown period, there will be no extended day programs permitted in elementary schools.

Electronic Device Distribution

We hope most students already have access to electronic devices. If, however, a student needs a device, their parent/guardian should contact the school via our email address Holy.Redeemer@ocsb.ca on January 4th  to make arrangements for the loan of a device.