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At-Home Learning Information Update



August 21, 2020


Recognizing that some families may not be comfortable sending their children back to school for September 2020, St. Paul Education has developed a new at-home option for parents/guardians. This option is open to K – 12 students and offers teacher-supported remote learning from home while allowing students to remain registered with their designated school.


Students need to be available to connect with their teacher every day. While students receive daily instruction from their teacher, St. Paul Education At-Home Learning will require consistent and active parent involvement and assistance to be successful.


Parents will be contacted the week of August 24 - 28, 2020.


What families can expect

  • Students are registered with their regular St. Paul Education school

  • Students receive all instruction from a teacher from their regular school (may not necessarily be their regular teacher)

  • Students and parents are in regular contact with a teacher

  • Instruction may be delivered via virtual means, paper-and-pencil, or a combination of both

  • All teachers will use Google Classroom and a Division standard for posting instructions and due dates (content, format, timelines) will be developed

  • Attendance will be taken daily

  • Parents receive all regular school communications (e.g. newsletters)

  • Schools will follow the regular Division calendar, including PD days

  • Students may choose to re-enter the classroom at any point throughout the school year. Some notice may be required in order to properly facilitate the transition

  • Students will not be permitted to take some of their classes in school and some at home concurrently

  • Requires a level of support from a parent, guardian or caregiver to ensure success

  • Students will need to have access to technology. St. Paul Education may be able to assist families with their technology needs, but may not be able to accommodate all requests.

  • Students will continue to have virtual access to a continuum of supports and services

  • Technology support will be available for students, parents and staff as required

  • Supply lists will be provided by the registered school

  • Principals/school administration will do a daily check-in (in-person or on the phone) with each individual teacher to ensure each student is succeeding and meeting expectations and timelines

  • Principals/school administration will ensure that plans are developed for any students requiring extra assistance

  • Principals/school administration may contact parents for additional feedback on their child’s learning experience


Hours of Learning

  • K-6 students will have a minimum of 2 hours of synchronous learning per day. Live online teaching is known as synchronous learning–learning that happens at a specific time of the day when students and the teacher interact with each other. This 2 hour per day minimum could also be in the form of a teacher from your school being virtually available to provide help.

  • 7-12 students will have a minimum of 3 hours of synchronous learning per day. Live online teaching is known as synchronous learning–learning that happens at a specific time of the day when students and the teacher interact with each other. This 3 hour per day minimum could also be in the form of a teacher from your school being virtually available to provide help.

  • Other learning activities that students complete independently are known as asynchronous learning–activities assigned by the teacher that students complete throughout the day, in addition to teacher instruction. This may include watching videos, writing on message boards or writing emails.

  • All students will be expected to complete asynchronous learning activities during times they are not engaged with the teacher

  • The focus will be on core subject areas and options classes will appropriately offered


Curriculum

  • Teaching will follow provincial learning outcomes—statements about knowledge or skills that Alberta Education requires us to teach. Some outcomes relate to key concepts and big ideas that teachers want students to understand and remember long after they have forgotten the details. Specific learner outcomes can be grouped together, or chunked, in meaningful ways.

  • Students in Grades 1–12 will have access to individual or small group instruction—scheduled meetings between the teacher and small groups of students to check in on progress, complete assessments and provide feedback to students

  • Specific time commitments for real time learning and independent work will be set by the assigned teacher, while considering the age of the students, and may be adjusted to meet the needs of the family

  • Teachers will assess assignments and progress to support students and determine a final grade. Students will receive a school report card. Powerschool will be used to post grades as usual

  • For certain courses, or to complete some assessments, students may be required to come to school

  • Diploma exams are scheduled for 30-level courses at the end of each course. Students will need to attend the exam sessions in person to obtain final grades for 30-level diploma courses. Note: diploma exams are administered in person and will adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Students will be required to wear a mask while taking their exams.