The Peel District School Board (PDSB) has seen a significant increase in families switching from in-person learning to the PDSB Online School.
There are now over 64,000 students enrolled online, which is an increase of over 10,000 students in the last week.
Due to this recent increase in online enrolment, the PDSB requires additional time to staff online classes and reconfigure timetables to ensure an equitable and successful start for all staff and students online. As a result, there are some changes to the PDSB Online School experience for this upcoming week:
- From Sept. 14 to 18, elementary students will be provided with online learning experiences to complete at their own pace. These learning experiences will be organized by grade level and connected to the Ontario and Alternative curriculum, with a focus on numeracy and literacy. For students with Special Education needs, parents are encouraged to review the Individual Education Plan (IEP) when selecting learning experiences. While parents/caregivers are able to assist their child with these activities, they have been designed to build independence for students.
Each morning, beginning Sept. 14, we will post these activities to our PDSB Online School Learning website—click on “Elementary Students” when you visit the website.
- PDSB Online School staff and teachers will connect with families on Sept. 17 or 18 to welcome students, and provide more details about online instruction, schedules and tools.
- Live online classes with teachers will begin on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 for elementary students.
- From Sept. 15 to 21, secondary students will work on a cross-curricular independent inquiry project aligned to particular core subjects (i.e. English, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences). These projects will be reviewed by teachers as a pre-instruction assessment opportunity to gauge where students are in their learning. Access to project details will be available on our PDSB Online School Learning website on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
- By Sept. 18, students will receive their timetable for the quadmester through their Peel student email accounts.
- Live online classes with course teachers will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 for secondary students.
For families who didn’t have an opportunity to access orientation information last week, there is posted online activities on the board’s website that will help to ease your child/teen’s transition to online learning. Your online teacher will be able to address any questions you have about these materials. If you have questions about resetting your email password or requests for devices, contact your community school.
For more information about the PDSB Online School, including orientation information, courses, curriculum and delivery, visit www.peelschools.org/reopening and click on “PDSB Online School.”