Home Learning

Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools
Student Home Learning Plan
 
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What Can Parents Expect? (updated March 30)

Alberta Education expects that every student will continue to learn while in-school classes across the province are cancelled. Your child’s progress will be determined by his or her teacher. Please note the learning program until the end of June may not be the entire remaining curriculum, but only those priority curriculum items that can be accommodated in a reduced amount of time.

 

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Kindergarten – Grade 6 (one hour of assigned work a day, plus...)

  • Assigned  one hour of work a day, totaling 5 hours per week of learning.
  • Literacy, Numeracy, and Religion will be the areas emphasized. Science & Social will be incorporated through cross-curricular assignments and activities. Outcomes will be prioritized.
  • Fill in available time with electives and physical activity. 
  • Assignments will be sent out weekly to assist parents in developing a schedule for their family.
  • Teachers will communicate daily with students, sending updates and endeavoring to use technology that allows for face-to-face contact.
Home-School Exchange of Materials
Kindergarten to Grade 6 may need to set up weekly exchange of reading materials/assignments at the school.

If necessary, packages can be available at specific times in entrances/foyer of school. Parents are not to have face-to-face contact with teachers.

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Grades 7-9 (two hours of assigned work a day, plus...)
  • Assigned two hours of work a day, totaling 10 hours per week of learning.
  • Literacy, Numeracy, and Religion will be the areas emphasized.
  • Every week students will have access to optional work that includes electives, physical education, music and other non-core classes. Outcomes will be prioritized.
  • Google Classroom is the preferred platform for teachers & students.
  • Assignments will be sent out weekly to assist parents in developing a schedule for their family.
  • Teachers will communicate daily with students, sending updates and endeavoring to use technology that allows for face-to-face contact.

Home-School Exchange of Materials

Grades 7-9 may need to set up weekly exchange of reading materials/assignments at the school.

If necessary, packages can be available at specific times in entrances/foyer of school. Parents are not to have face-to-face contact with teachers.

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Grades 10-12

  • Assigned a total of 3 hours per course per week.
  • All assignments will have a suggested time frame attached to them.
  • Technology should be used to enhance learning. Google Classroom is the preferred platform for teachers & students.
  • Students are encouraged to check in once/day through the teacher directed online platform
  • Teachers are encouraged to use technology that allows for face-to-face contact.
  • High school credentialing information will follow once we have further direction from the province.
Assessment

This continues to be an area that we are working on and direction will come soon. For now, teachers are expected to use a variety of assessment technique and strategies, but not to engage in strategies that will overwhelm students or teachers.   

Provincial Achievement Exams & Diploma Exams are cancelled.

Read more about the New Alberta Education Guidelines: https://tinyurl.com/vf278m9

 

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How Can Parents Help?
  • Remain calm and positive – help your child adjust to this change by alleviating any stress or anxiety they may exhibit.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with your child’s teacher – this is critical piece to at-home learning.
  • Please be patient – not all questions can be answered at this time. We will inform parents and students of any updates as they become available.
  • Students should limit their screen time to 2 hours per day (this can be chunked and should include both learning screen time and “personal” screen time).
  • Students should be outside for at least one hour per day.
  • Students are encouraged to play card games and board games on a regular basis.
  • Assign age appropriate chores throughout the day.
  • Limit access to cell phones.
  • Limit access to social media platforms.
  • Students should not gather in social settings.
  • Set up a daily routine for your child that includes both learning and personal time.
  • Ensure your child gets plenty of uninterrupted sleep (no technology in the bedroom).
  • At every available opportunity, feel free to learn alongside your child.
  • Ask your child about their daily learning - stay involved.
What Does a Day of At-Home Learning Look Like?
Sample Daily Schedule:
Activity
 
Example
 
Morning Routine
 
 
 
Brush teeth/wash/have breakfast
 
 
 
Academic Time
 
 
 
Work assigned by teacher(s)
 
 
 
Creative Time
 
 
 
No technology - use this time to paint, play with lego, practice a musical instrument, etc.
 
 
Lunch
 
 
 
Eat a nutritious meal
 
 
 
Chores
 
 
 
Sort and fold laundry, empty/fill dishwasher, tidy bedroom, etc
 
 
 
Academic Time
 
 
 
Work assigned by teacher(s)
 
 
 
Outside Free Time
 
 
 
Ride your bike, go for a walk
 
 
 
Community Service Time
 
 
 
Walk a pet, facetime a loved one, write a letter
 
 
 
Technology Time
 
 
 
Set a limit - allow for fun technology
 
 
 
Dinner
 
 
 
Discuss and talk about your day
 
 
 
Reading Time
 
 
 
Read a book of your choice
 
 
 
Bedtime
 
 
 
Wash, brush your teeth, evening prayers.
 
 
 
Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on Albertan's mental health. Resources are available if you need a little extra support, advice on handling stressful, or ways to talk to children.
 
We have also compiled a list of local agencies that can offer support as you cope through the COVID-19 pandemic

Community Resources:

Catholic Family Services

780-532-9381

 

Text4Hope   https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17019.aspx

Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.

 

Youth Day Program

Call or Text via videoconference/phone/text: 780-897-3240

 

Local Distress Line: 211

                                                              

Kids Help Phone:  1(888)-668-6868 or Text CONNECT (686868)

 

Mental Health Crisis Line:  1(877)-303-2642

 

Grande Prairie Youth Help Site: www.gpyouth.ca

 

ICAT Mental Health Crisis Intake:

In person Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

3rd floor Aberdeen Centre, Grande Prairie, Alberta

By Phone: 587-259-5513 or 780-833-4323

 

QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie: (780)-538-5102

 

PACT Team - Mobile crisis response team to assess & stabilize mental health

Call 911

During the past week, everyone has been adjusting to this “new normal”. We appreciate all of the time and efforts that parents and school staffs have put into making into this transition as seamless as possible. While the focus during to date has been on academics, we do recognize that it is normal to be feeling an increased level of stress at this time, for both adults and children. It is important for everyone to practice coping skills to take care of their own mental health.

If Catholic Family Services or Mental Health have seen your child in the past, these services continue to be available by phone or virtually. If you child requires these services, please contact your child’s school. Other community supports are available at the bottom of this letter.

 

Your children may respond differently to the current situation depending on their age. Below are some reactions according to age group and the best ways you can respond:

 

Age Group
 
Reactions
 
How to Help
 
 
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
 
 

Fear of being alone, bad dreams

 

Speech difficulties

 

Loss of bladder / bowel control, constipation, bed-wetting

 

Change in appetite

 

Increased temper tantrums, whining and clinging behaviors

 

Patience and tolerance

 

Provide reassurance (verbal and physical)

 

Encourage expression through play, reenactment and storytelling

 

Allow short-term changes in sleep arrangements

 

Plan calming, comforting activities before bedtime

 

Maintain regular family routines

 

Avoid media exposure. Conversations on the current situation should be age-appropriate. Try to stick to the facts without causing alarm (for example - do not share a death count). Monitor your adult conversations around children.

 

Age Group
 
Reactions
 
How to Help
 

 

 

School-age (ages 6-12)

 

 

Irritability, whining, aggressive behavior

 

Clinging, nightmares

 

Sleep / appetite disturbance

 

Physical symptoms (headaches, stomachaches)

 

Withdrawal from peers, loss of interest

 

Competition for parents’ attention

 

Forgetfulness about chores and new information learned at school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience, tolerance and reassurance

 

Play sessions and staying in touch with friends through telephone and internet

 

Regular exercise and stretching

 

Engage in educational activities (workbooks, educational games)

 

Participate in structured household chores

 

Set gentle but firm limits

 

Discuss the current outbreak and encourage questions. Include what is being done in the family and the community. Conversations should be age-appropriate. Try to stick to the facts without causing alarm (for example - do not share a death count). Monitor your adult conversations around children.

 

Encourage expression through play and conversation

 

Maintain family routines

 

Limit media exposure.
 
 
Age Group
 
 Reactions
 
How to Help
 
 
 
 
 
Adolescent (Ages 13-18)
 
 

 

 

 

Physical symptoms (headaches, rashes, etc.)

 

Sleep/appetite disturbance

 

Agitation or decrease in energy, apathy

 

Ignoring health promotion behav­iors

 

Isolating from peers and loved ones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience, tolerance, and reassurance

 

Encourage continuation of routines

 

Encourage discussion of outbreak experience with peers, family (but do not force)

 

Stay in touch with friends through telephone, Internet, video games

 

Participate in family routines, including chores and supporting younger siblings

 

Limit media exposure