Access to Student Learning Platforms

At HCDSB, we support the use of the following online learning platforms: 

Secondary teachers will use one of the above platforms to provide instruction for students. Visit the website links above to access online learning and for more information about each platform.

Guidelines for Distance Learning

The Ministry of Education has provided school boards with specific guidelines around distance instruction. The following are some of the key expectations.

Hours of Instruction and Focus of Learning

The following is provided by the Ministry of Education as a minimum guideline:

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Grade range  
Grades 9-12
  • 3 hours of work per course, per week for semestered students;
    1.5 hours of work per course, per week for non-semestered students
  • Focus: Achieving credits/completion/graduation

NOTE:  ‘hours’ refers to the approximate amount of time students would spend on the work assigned by teachers. This does not mean the amount of time educators or students are expected to be in front of a screen.

Teacher work would include preparation of assigned work and providing feedback or assessment. Teacher engagement with students is expected, but would vary depending on circumstances and could include a range of ways that teachers would connect with their students.

Specialist teachers – such as teachers of the Arts, Core French, and PTMs – may be used to develop assigned work for students in subjects such as art, music, French as a second language and physical activity. 

Our Special Education staff are exploring ways to continue supporting our students with special education needs.

As a Catholic school, we all share in the belief that our faith and Gospel values are integrated in everything we do. 


Secondary 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.

Our school will be issuing final report cards for students in Grades 9-12. For more information, visit the Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Bartucci, AmandaAccess to Student Learning Platforms