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1 -Why are you offering online classes starting May 11th?
Our latest communication from the Minister of Education confirms the following (we are quoting here, but this is our translation from French): The school year isn’t over yet. Learning must continue at a distance. (Starting May 11th) An improved pedagogical framework must be offered to students to ensure the maintenance of skills and the continuation of learning of essential knowledge. This is what our HSB teachers and staff will be working to deliver to our students.
2 -What are the goals of continue these online classes?
For students who are passing courses (based on the average of Term 1 and 2 marks) these classes will be focusing on ensuring students have not been shortchanged from lost learning opportunities, and that they have the skills and knowledge to be successful at the next level. Teachers are going to use the next few weeks to prep the students for next year. We have lost valuable learning opportunities over the last two months and best-case scenario -this will mitigate students being completely behind next year.
Student who are not passing their classes have the opportunity to work with their teachers to increase their marks over the next two months through their attendance and participation in these online courses.
3 -Are these classes mandatory?
At this time, these classes are not required but are strongly recommended. That simply means that even though, in Quebec, school attendance is required for students until the end of the school year in which they turn sixteen, during this pandemic, families can decide whether they want their children to attend these classes. Please do not make the mistake of assuming that because these are not required, they are not important. The Ministry of Education did not require these classes at the high school level because they were unable to ensure that all students in Quebec would have access to technology and the internet.
4 –Who decides if students will attend online classes?
During this time, it is up to families to decide whether their child(ren) will take advantage of the learning opportunities that the online classes will provide.
5 -Can students change their final grades by attending the classes?
Students who are currently passing cannot improve their grades. Only students who are failing can improve their marks.
6 -What happens if we choose to not attend the online classes?
Again, the online classes that we are offering at HSB are strongly recommended to ensure that students who will be moving up into the next grade have the skills to succeed. Students who choose not to attend are forgoing this opportunity but will not be penalized in terms of marks this year (there is no “withdraw” option or penalty). However, they may feel penalized next year when they are forced to confront the effects of losing four months of learning.
7 – What about Grade 11 students? Will these classes affect CEGEP acceptances or graduation?
We encourage our Grade 11 students to attended classes! There is always more to learn.
Good news! As far as we know, for students who are on track to graduate based on their Term 1 & 2 marks, nothing they do at this point will jeopardize their CEGEP acceptance.
However, absences for Term 3 will be reported on their final report cards. Therefore, it will be obvious who chose to “check out” of the essential learning provided.
8 – How will attendance work and be reported?
Attendance will be taken every class and parents will receive an email every day indicating the classes that their child was absent from. This could mean that if a family has chosen for their child not to attend online classes, they will receive four emails everyday indicating the absences. This is done by an automated system, and unfortunately, individuals cannot opt out of the emails.
Additionally, please note that absences from the online classes as of May 11th, will be indicated in the final report card issued at the end of June. The exception being students who have yet to receive the technology support they have requested. Those students will be excused from absence reporting until they receive their device later this week.