How the Virtual Program works

Your child will be in a virtual class with a dedicated teacher who will teach them most subjects. The virtual class may consist of a combination of students from their home school and other OCSB schools. If your child is in Kindergarten, this teacher will be available for synchronous learning (real-time online instruction) for 180 minutes each day. If your child is in grades 1 to 8, this teacher will be available for synchronous learning (real-time online instruction) for 225 minutes each day.

Even though your child attends our online elementary school, they are still registered with your home school.

Parents can still decide how much time the student spends online. There is no expectation that they are online throughout the entire school day.

Attendance

We will be taking attendance based on daily interaction with the teacher. If the student is involved with online activities or corresponds with the teacher, they will be marked present for the day.

Curriculum

Your teacher will share an outline of the learning activities for your child’s class in the Hapara workspace. Depending on the activity, students learning from home may have an opportunity to collaborate with their online peers. Your child will learn the same curriculum as their in-school peers, and be assessed in all areas of the curriculum.

Not all assignments will require a computer.

If your child participates in distance learning, they will:

  • be taught the full breadth of the entire curriculum

  • receive a schedule that will cover 5 hours of instruction/work (but not be expected to be in front of the computer for 5 hours a day)

  • receive synchronous (real-time) guidance and instruction online from qualified Board educators every day and receive regular feedback for their online work

  • have a blend of large and small group instruction throughout the week

  • have the opportunity to participate in school-based virtual groups including virtual extracurricular activities

  • access the same platforms with each educator: Hapara, Google Meet, and the Parent Portal

Suggested Learning Tools (Kindergarten)

We suggest that students have the following items available, if possible:

  • Scissors

  • Pencils

  • Glue stick

  • Paper

  • Books

  • Magnetic letters and numbers (for those that received Welcome to Kindergarten bags)

  • Found/gathered items from nature - pine cones, shells, pebbles, acorns, etc.

  • Anything that can be used as counters such as screws, buttons, coins, etc.

  • Building materials - lego, wooden blocks, etc.

Suggested Learning Tools (1-3)

We suggest that students have the following items available, if possible:

  • Pencil

  • Paper

  • Coloured pencils

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Ruler

  • Whiteboard and whiteboard marker

  • Anything that can be used as counters such as screws, buttons, coins, etc.

  • Earphones

  • Stylus (if possible)

  • Quiet personal workspace

Suggested Learning Tools (4-6)

We suggest that students have the following items available, if possible:

  • Pencil

  • Pen

  • Coloured pencils

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Ruler

  • Protractor

  • Calculator

  • Whiteboard and whiteboard marker

  • Earphones/headphones

  • Stylus (if needed for touch screen)

  • Fidget tool (if needed)

  • Quiet personal workspace