We appreciate the compassion and flexibility offered by our community, as we ventured into a new way of teaching and learning. We recognize that many parents and caregivers are dealing with added stressors while doing their best to support learning from home. For that, we want to thank you.
Manitoba Education has made it clear that learning will continue for all students under teacher direction. We appreciate your patience as we worked diligently to create a comprehensive division-wide plan. Our plan follows the guidelines set out by Manitoba Education. Careful consideration and consultation has gone into the framework we have just launched below.
Meeting the needs of all our families
We have built this plan with flexibility in mind. We know that each home has a different reality. There are some, who may like the idea of adding learning into each day. We have also heard that other students might prefer to learn on alternate days. It is our hope that by offering options, families with multiple children in different grades are able to better share devices. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your children’s teachers to get their assistance in coordinating scheduled contact time, if you have more than one child in the same school.
Planning and supporting learning from home for our students with additional needs requires collaboration, creativity and intention. Our school and divisionally based support teams, in collaboration with parents and teachers, continue to work together to prioritize student learning needs ensuring that specific learning plans are accessible, meaningful and manageable for families learning from home.
We are working collectively to maintain relationships and support engagement in learning, as well as to proactively support and respond to our students’ physical and mental well-being.
A note about assessment
Teachers will monitor and assess student learning and assign a final grade consistent with expectations set out by Manitoba Education. Edsby and Seesaw will remain our primary learning management systems. We would like to remind students, parents and caregivers that they are not expected to spend all of their time making evidence of learning digitally. Educators might ask for sign-offs on some learning. We do not want families to feel pressure to posting everything with a photo or video on our platforms.
While it is true that the student’s mark from mid-March will stand as the lowest possible mark for a student to earn, we want to remind all of us that learning is much more than the final mark on a report card. It is about acquiring the global competencies, skills and deeper learning in order to meet the demands of an ever-changing world and to become capable people of strong character. We are encouraging all of our students to embrace the opportunities provided by the teacher-directed programming so that when you return to full time studies in the fall, if not sooner, that you will be fully prepared to move on to the next level of studies. Read more comments from our Superintendent, Ted Fransen.
We aim to be inclusive and to support our students and families while we all navigate learning from home. We are currently surveying schools to get a better picture of the needs in our community.
A final note
We are grateful for our community’s support and cooperation while classroom learning is suspended. As always, if you have questions regarding your child’s learning, please connect directly with the classroom teacher.