Dear Bishop Reding Parents and Guardians,
As you know, last week the Ministry of Education announced that schools will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. While our school remains closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important for you to know that student learning will continue to take place.
For the past two weeks, your son or daughter has had the opportunity to engage in optional and independent learning by exploring the Learn at Home resources provided by the Ministry of Education, as well as resources prepared by our school board staff. They may wish to continue using these resources throughout the remainder of the school closure to supplement their learning.
Beginning tomorrow, April 6th, we are officially moving to teacher-led distance learning for all of our students. All students need to be engaging in distance learning with their teachers.
What is Teacher-led Distance Learning?
Distance learning is learning that takes place outside of a traditional classroom setting. While some of the instruction may be conducted online, students will not be expected to be on a device for all of their learning. Our goal is to encourage students to read, communicate and engage in learning experiences.
It may look different for each class, but in general, distance learning –
• is flexible and can be done at any point during the day
• does not always require online access
• requires minimal parent/guardian support
Hours of Work and Focus on Learning
The Ministry of Education has provided the following guidelines for hours of work and focus of learning:
• 3 hours of work per course, per week
• Focus of learning: achieving credits/completion/graduation
Hours refers to the approximate amount of time your son or daughter would spend on the work assigned by teachers. This does not mean the amount of time he or she should be online or in front of a screen. Teachers may engage with students in a variety of ways. As a Catholic school, our focus will also include Religion and Family Life, and our teachers will continue to integrate our faith and Gospel values in all subject areas.
At the Secondary school level, students will be assigned learning tasks, projects and culminating activities that will be marked by their teachers for the purposes of formative and summative evaluation. Teachers will communicate results of these marked assignments to students. Results will be used by teachers to inform students’ final course marks. Your son or daughter will receive a final report card.
The Days and Weeks Ahead
Our teachers and educators have been busy preparing a plan for distance learning that will work for their classes and they are excited to connect with students again this week through distance instruction. We know that the learning experience will feel different for students, families and educators alike. Our goal is for all students to successfully complete this school year. You have our commitment and assurances that we will continue to find innovative ways to create conditions that support the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of our students.
Now more than ever the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) if you have any concerns about their learning. All of our teacher emails are listed on our website (www.werbr.ca) under Contacts > Staff Directory.
Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support during this time. Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families.
We continue to hold all of our students and families in our thoughts and prayers!
Justine O’Grady Principal
Terersa Castellarin Vice Principal
Wojtek Kubicki Vice Principal
Marisa Munro Vice Principal
Norm Roberts Vice Principal