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Learning at Home Online Learning Resources

Learning at Home Online Learning Resources

HWCDSB schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020 as part of the provincial government’s effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. The ministry continues to monitor the evolving situation and if necessary, the closure may be extended further to protect the health and safety of Ontario's school communities.

Table of Contents for this Page

Continuity in Learning for Ontario’s Students
Acceptable Use of the Internet
"Learn at Home" Online Portal
Graduating Students
Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
“In House” Online Activities and Learning Resources
Twitter: Secondary Student Digital Learning Support
Special Education
Other Resources
Student Mental Health and Well-being


Continuity in Learning for Ontario’s Students

Continuity in Learning for Ontario’s Students

To support continuity in learning for Ontario’s students, the Ministry of Education announced a return to teacher-led instruction beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. This return to teacher and educator-directed learning constitutes Phase 2 of ‘at home’ student learning.

The myClass Learning Management System (LMS) is the digital platform used by the HWCDSB to deliver this next phase of distance learning.

Trouble accessing myClass?
Our curriculum team has developed a step-by-step guide and a video on the use of the myClass platform. These resources can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

myClass Student Instructions

myClass Student Use Video

Acceptable Use of the Internet

Acceptable Use of the Internet

As we move more deeply into this virtual learning environment, we ask that students and parents review Policy S.15 Internet and Technology – Acceptable Use for Students, located at the top of your child/children’s myClass page. We would also like to remind parents that your child’s email/myClass account is not a mechanism for communicating with teachers, as this is a public platform. To contact a teacher directly, please call or email the school.

"Learn at Home" Online Portal

Learn at Home, the Ministry of Education's online learning portal, provides a variety of educational resources to enable students at every grade level to continue learning while away from school.

The Ontario governments expects that every student will continue to learn while in-school classes are suspended. While we understand that teaching and learning will not be the same as it is in the classroom, the HWCDSB is committed to working collaboratively with our system and school leaders, teachers and support staff, and employee group representatives to support the continuity of learning over the next month of school closures.

Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students, and to support students to advance to the next school year, earn credits and to graduate.

Based on Ministry guidelines, the teacher/educator directed learning framework is as follows:
· Kindergarten–Grade 3: 5 hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;
· Grades 4–6: 5 hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;
· Grades 7–8: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,
· Grades 9–12: 3 hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

Please note that the suggested hours of work per student per week are provided as a minimum guideline, as are the suggested areas of curriculum focus. For HWCDSB students, Religious Education will also form an essential part of the learning framework.
Graduating Students

Graduating Students

The Ministry of Education has assured school boards that no student’s graduation or transition to post-secondary will be jeopardized as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closure period.

Priority will continue to be placed on students scheduled to graduate this year. Teachers of graduating students are expected to provide marks for graduating students by April 23rd on work completed up to that time, in order to meet admission requirements for post-secondary education. Final report cards with marks will also be issued. The Ministry is currently in discussion with colleges and universities about adaptations required to support the admission process for students applying for post-secondary education.

The graduation requirement to complete 40 hours of community involvement is suspended for this school year. Community involvement hours that have been completed will be reported on the report cards of graduating students. The Ministry is encouraging graduating students to complete their hours wherever possible, where the health and safety of the student can be assured.
Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting

Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting

For up-to-date information on student assessment and evaluation, please see the Ministry memorandum, Provincial Guidance on Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting.
“In House” Online Activities and Learning Resources “In House” Online Activities and Learning Resources

“In House” Online Activities and Learning Resources

In order to support continued student learning during the school closure, the HWCDSB has prepared a list of optional resources and activities for parents/guardians to use with their child(ren) during this time.

Please explore the extensive list we have provided though the myClass Learning Management System, which includes activities and parent/guardian resources for students with special education needs, as well as those related to social and emotional well-being. These activities are useful at any time during your child/children’s educational journey.

Resources for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students are accessible here.

Resources for Grade 9-12 students are accessible on the Learning Management System – School Closure activities and include resources to explore and learn about a variety of career pathways using the online EdgeFactor platform.

Additional Student Learning Resources for Grade 9-12 students are available here.

Secondary students can also utilize OSAPAC, a Ministry-funded educational software that is available to all publicly funded schools in Ontario. Titles include: Britannica, Learn360, Career Cruising, TVO Education etc.

Instructions on accessing OSAPAC through myClass:

Elementary – Logging in and accessing myClass

Secondary – Logging in and accessing myClass

(If students do not have their logins, please contact your school principals at the email listed on your school website in the "About Us" link under "Contact Us.")

Lexia Resource Access

The HWCDSB has been given an excellent opportunity to provide LEXIA complimentary licenses at no cost to all students in the board until June 30, 2020. During this time your child will have access to an online reading program. Your child(ren) can begin immediately.

Lexia Parent letter Core5 (K-Grades 5)

Lexia Parent Letter Power-Up (Grades 6-12)
HWCDSB Secondary Student Digital Learning Support

HWCDSB Secondary Student Digital Learning Support

Resources to assist secondary students
https://twitter.com/hwcdsbs
Special Education

Special Education

For children and adolescents with special needs, please see the following document for a list of resources:
Family Resources for Children and Adolescents with Special Education Needs
*Updated May 31, 2020

Student Mental Health and Well-being

Due to the expanding need for Mental Health resources, we have created a new website area that you can access here:
https://www.hwcdsb.ca/studentmentalhealtha ...