If you are considering online learning for your child for the 2022-23 school year, the information below can help you determine the model that best suits your child’s needs.
* If your child is in a self-contained classroom, complete this declaration if you are choosing online learning for the 2022-23 school year. The current model for self-contained students in online learning will NOT continue in the 2022-23 school year. Students in self-contained classes who choose online learning will be registered in a designated virtual school self-contained classroom. Your child will no longer remain in their existing self-contained and will be expected to remain in the online learning classroom for the entire 2022-23 school year. In-year return to in-person learning in a self-contained classroom will be dependent on space available. The virtual self-contained program has high expectations for student participation and learning. Students will be expected to be online for the full school day, with breaks built in specific to individual student need.
Note: Attendance is taken and required each day in both in-person and online learning.
As families consider the learning model for the 2022-23 school year:
Online learning requires a greater need for students to be able to work independently due to the virtual nature of the program. Although many aspects of learning can be replicated in an online environment, the social development, peer interactions and informal interactions can look different. It is important to recognize that synchronous (live) meeting times in online learning are established for teacher instruction and as an opportunity for teachers to engage in assessment of students’ knowledge in skills.
Students opting to learn online will need to be comfortable using technology to access and engage in learning and will need access to a device (e.g., laptop, etc.) and internet connectivity. D2L Brightspace and Microsoft Teams will continue to be the primary platforms used for online learning. Families should consider the student’s comfort level using technology for their learning and the capacity to support technology issues during the school day. Students who cannot access a device of their own can request to borrow a laptop and connectivity devices through their home school.
Parent/guardian support is always important but is particularly essential when students do not have in-person connections with school staff. A quiet space to work with minimal distraction is important for success in an online learning environment.
Families should consider their child’s extra-curricular interests and how those needs can be addressed outside of school. It may not be possible for students learning online to participate in extra-curriculars at their home school.
Students enrolled in the Grand Erie online learning model will be assigned to an online learning program which is connected to one of our Grand Erie schools. Students in online learning will become a student of this school for the year, with all the supports (e.g., Administration, Student Success, Guidance, ESL and Learning Resource Teachers) being provided by this designated school. Students enrolled in eLearning courses will remain in their current school.
Families should consider their connection to the school community and whether that is a factor in their decision about learning for the 2022-23 school year.
Graduating students will have the opportunity to participate in commencement ceremonies and other celebrations with their peers in their home school.
Movement between in-person and online learning can cause considerable disruptions to many students, including those who are not changing learning modes themselves. Therefore, when students choose online, this choice will represent a year-long commitment where courses are available.