Based on the expectations outlined by the Ministry of Education on March 31, LKDSB Senior Administration is working with Principals, educators and education workers to support teacher-led, staff supported student learning beginning the week of April 6 and throughout the COVID-19 school closure period.
The LKDSB is committed to supporting the continuity of student learning and we recognize there may be some unique challenges to address. During these unprecedented times, it is our shared responsibility to support the success of all students.
What is Phase 2 of Learn at Home?
We know that for most students and staff, learning during the school closures will look different than in-classroom learning. We also understand that families are navigating their unique circumstances and the learning processes will continue to evolve as staff and students become more familiar with remote learning at home. Our first priority is reconnecting students with teachers, education workers and other support staff.
The second phase of Learn at Home includes re-establishing teacher-led, staff supported student learning as follows:
- Kindergarten-Grade 3: Five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy and math);
- Grades 4-6: Five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy, math, science and social studies);
- Grades 7-8: Ten hours of work per student/week (focus on math, literacy, science and social studies); and
- Grades 9-12: Three hours of work per course per week (focus on achieving credits/completion/graduation).
The expectations outlined above include any teaching time led by teachers, as well as time for students to be engaged in the learning tasks independently. If your child has not been contacted by their teacher, please contact the school principal.
To support student learning at home, families can also access resources through the Ministry of Education's Learn at Home online portal. These resources do not replace what students have been learning at school; however, the Kindergarten to Grade 12 online learning resources may support students' learning at home during the COVID-19 school closure period. Additional resources curated by LKDSB staff are available here:
Elementary Online Learning Resources
Secondary Online Learning Resources
Student IT Support
Students needing IT support (for example account password reset etc) should in the first instance reach out to their teacher.
If the teacher is unable to assist, limited centralized remote IT support is available to students. This will not include hardware repair at this time. If you need IT support email: studentITsupport@lkdsb.net, or call (519) 355-3157 (Chatham area), or (519) 346-2799 (Sarnia area). Please include the device tag # (on the back of the device), your name, your contact phone number and details of the requested support.
How to Install an App from the App Catalog
LKDSB COVID-19 IT Device Loan Agreement
365 Available for Students at Home
Office 365 is available for free download for LKDSB students. The
software is available for you to download and use while you are a student at LKDSB, and can be used on up to 5 personal devices. Click here for instructions. If you experience any difficulties with this
download, support is provided by Microsoft here: https://support.office.com/
Supports for Students
Resources to support parents/caregivers discussing COVID-19 with children/youth
School Mental Health Ontario
COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub
Students can now apply to the OSAP program for the 2020-21 school year for help with their postsecondary education costs. Click here for more information.