Home Learning Plan & Student Assessment

 
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Re-Entry Plans for Fall 2020 (Updated May 08)

While in-school-classes are cancelled for the 2019-2020 year, at-Home-Learning will continue throughout the months of May & June. At this time we do not know what September holds, but Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools and are partner School Boards are developing a re-entry strategy for September. We are planning for the following three possible scenarios.

  • Normal school operations.
  • Schools are partially re-opened, with some level of restrictions.
  • Teacher-directed at-home learning continues.

The re-entry plan will prioritize the safety and well-being of our teachers, staff and students.

What Can Parents Expect?

Grande Prairie Catholic School Division recognizes that delivery and content of courses through At-Home Learning shall be student-focused, positive, and supportive. COVID shall not negatively impact student grades. Hence…

  • Formative assessment will be used to drive instruction.
  • Authentic, engaging, and productive learning can occur utilizing a condensed curriculum.

 

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

  • Assigned a total of 1 hour per day of learning (for Religion, Literacy, and Numeracy). There may be additional activities or subjects included in some of the learning. However, your child is only expected to complete a maximum of 1 hour of schoolwork per day.
  • Daily updates and communication from your child’s teacher.
  • Marks in PowerSchool will be closed – parents and students will no longer have access.
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Grades 7-9 (two hours of assigned work a day, plus...)
  • Assigned a total of 2 hours per day of learning (with a focus on Religion, Literacy, and Numeracy and additional work in Social Studies and Science). There may be additional activities or subjects included in some of the learning. However, students are only expected to complete a maximum of 2 hours of schoolwork per day.
  • Daily updates and communication from a teacher.
  • Marks in PowerSchool will be closed - parents and students will no longer have access. 
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Grades 10-12

  • Assigned a total of 3 hours per course per week.
  • Daily updates and communication from a teacher
 
 
Report Cards

To identify what content needs to be delivered, teachers will evaluate curricular outcomes that have not yet been covered, prioritize remaining outcomes based on what is manageable for students working from home, and will plan specific tasks and projects for students. - Government of Alberta

 

Kindergarten

September report card template will be used (with slight changes).

  • Anecdotal reporting on Religion, Literacy, and Numeracy.
  • Students will be assigned to grade one in September.

 

Grades 1 to 6

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools report card will be used (with slight changes).

  • General learning outcomes will be identified on report card.
  • Anecdotal reporting on Religion, Literacy, and Numeracy (and possibly other subjects, depending on the context and expectations in each school/classroom).
  • Students will be assigned to the next grade in September.

 

Grades 7 to 9

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools report card will be used (with revisions).

  • General learning outcomes will be identified on report card.
  • Anecdotal reporting on Religion, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science (and possibly other subjects, depending on the context and expectations in each school/classroom).
  • Students will be assigned to the next grade in September.

 

Grades 10 to 12

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools report card will be used (with enhanced comments).

  • Credentialing of courses will be granted, according to student progress as of March 16 2020 and if applicable, student performance after March 16 2020.
  • Students will receive a grade for core courses and options.

 

Parents may want to supplement student learning by providing their children with additional resources. The following website is available to parents: My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource  https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/ 

PAT exams are cancelled.

DIPLOMA exams are cancelled. 

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How Can Parents Help?
 
Parent Phone Help Line:

780-422-6548 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000, followed by the 10-digit phone number) or via email at: studentsupport@gov.ab.ca 

Alberta Education has instituted a phone Help Line and email for parents of students during COVID-19 for at-home learning.

The Parent Help Line will be answered Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • 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