Dear Peel District School Board families,
We are writing you with an update and important reminders as we transition to Quadmester Two, and prepare secondary students and staff for a new learning model, beginning on November 18, 2020.
Elementary Schools (K-8)
Recently, some schools have gone through a re-organization to accommodate for changes in class sizes and staffing. As previously shared, these changes are effective as of November 18. In elementary schools, there will be no changes to the way elementary classes are taught online or in-person.
Secondary Schools (9-12)
To provide a more consistent learning environment for students, all secondary schools will move to a hybrid of the two existing models—adaptive and online learning models—for the start of Quadmester Two. We call this our Community Learning Model. Students will continue to attend classes through their chosen learning model (online or adaptive), but they will all be taught simultaneously by the same teacher from their home school.
This Community Learning Model will bring more flexibility and stability to our system as the pandemic evolves and as families adjust their learning model choice. It will reduce the need for further reorganizations this school year, and will also allow us to offer a wider range of courses and programs to secondary students—whether students are learning from home or at school.
Over time, this model will also re-establish relationships among those in the local school community and help build a sense of community, which is integral to students, staff and families, especially during the pandemic.
As we get ready for Quadmester Two, here are some important reminders:
Secondary turnaround days – November 16 and 17
On Nov. 16 and 17, schools will be closed to secondary school students. Staff will use these days for reporting and preparation of Quadmester Two.
Please note that students in Special Education classes for students with developmental disabilities (DD and DD-R) and ASD classes will continue with their regular school schedules.
Early release days – November 18 and 19
On the afternoon of November 18 and 19, all secondary school students will be released from their regular school schedules as educators will engage in self-directed learning around the Community Learning Model. During this time, your teachers may provide independent/asynchronous learning activities for you to complete.
*Students who attend Peel Alternative Schools will continue with their regular school schedules.
*Students in Special Education classes with developmental disabilities (DD and DD-R), Vocational Level 1 and ASD classes will continue with their regular school schedules.
Privacy as a priority – letter to families
As we explore this new, virtual way of teaching and learning, the privacy of students, families and staff is a key priority and a responsibility we take very seriously. A letter to families from Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins with more information about the Peel board's commitment to student privacy is available here.
Community Learning Model video
To help you become familiar with the new Community Learning Model, we have created this "What to Expect" video to help you become more familiar with the learning environment. Watch the video here.
New school timetables
New timetables will be sent to students before the start of Quadmester Two (November 18). If students have any questions about their timetable, they should reach out to their guidance counsellor directly.
Questions and more information
We will continue to share new information with students, staff and families. In the meantime, please continue to visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage, which will be updated regularly. You can also connect with your school directly.
Thank you for your patience, support and understanding as we strive to provide learning opportunities that best meet the needs of our school communities.