For Parents of Students in Grade 8

While we currently find ourselves still firmly within this school year, at a school and board level, we now start to turn our attention to the 2022-2023 school year ahead.  As you may or may not be aware, the Ministry of Education has extended the possibility of a remote learning option for students for one more year.  In elementary that option remains our St Isidore school.  But for those students moving into grade 9 or currently in secondary, we have to determine interest.  We had very few secondary students who wanted the remote option this past year and we attempted to use a hybrid delivery model.  (This allowed students to remotely connect to a class and follow along synchronously.  While our best option to satisfy the requirement – not necessarily a well-liked option for staff or students)  If numbers of students who prefer remote continue to shrink, we may look at an asynchronous option for some grades/courses – which means eLearning.  (No connecting to a live class at the same time).  All to say – we are not fully sure what the delivery model will look like at the current time, and student numbers will help us to determine what makes the most sense.

It is important to note, that as was the case this past year, a choice for remote learning is a choice for the full year and for all courses.  It also means that students are not accessing the athletics and extra-curriculars at the school.  We continue to believe that in-person learning is the better option for the greater majority of students, not only in terms of the benefits for academic success, but also for social-emotional health and well-being.

If you have any questions about this survey or remote learning in secondary, please reach out to Mr. Hunt

Please note that a non-response will be taken to mean a desire to access in-person, face to face learning at the secondary school.  The deadline for returning the survey is Thursday March 10th, 2022.

Here is the survey link:

https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6x9t79VcrTehcEe