The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) is looking forward to welcoming students and staff for in-person learning in September 2021. Our experience this year has reinforced that in-person learning best meets the needs of the majority of our students to remain engaged and be successful, as well as provides a connection and sense of belonging for them. Although there are still many unknowns about the September 2021 return to learning, the LKDSB has started planning for the 2021-2022 school year.
All students will be registered for in-person learning for September 2021. If your child will be attending in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, no further action is required. If you are interested in virtual learning for your child for the 2021-2022 school year, please see the information below.
Through recent surveys of family preferences for the next school year, we learned that for some families virtual learning may be the preferred program option for 2021-2022. LKDSB is committed to supporting students to learn in the manner that best meets their needs and circumstances and will provide virtual learning programming for both elementary and secondary students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) for the 2021-2022 school year.
In order to support planning and staffing decisions, the LKDSB is asking families to sign-up for virtual learning for the 2021-2022 school year by April 21, 2021.
Families must commit to virtual learning for the 2021-2022 school year by completing the online virtual learning registration form by April 21, 2021. Click here to access the registration form (select Virtual Learning Elementary or Virtual Learning Secondary from the drop-down menu). Only those students who complete this form will be registered for virtual learning in September 2021. All others will be registered at their home school.
Important Note: In order to promote stability within classrooms, enrolment in the virtual learning program is intended to be a permanent year-long commitment and families will not be able to opt-in or out of in-person and virtual learning during the 2021-2022 school year (exceptions would be considered on a case-by-case basis and accommodation would be based on space availability and may vary school-to-school and grade-by-grade).
Please refer to the information below for elementary and secondary families to assist with your decision-making.
Virtual learning is intended for elementary students who learn best in the online environment. Students will be registered as McNaughton Avenue Public School students. Students enrolled in the virtual elementary program will not be associated with their home school.
- Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be offered.
- French Immersion will not be available.
Elementary virtual learning will require 300 minutes of student learning daily, including all curriculum areas, and frequent, live contact with a teacher during school hours. It is essential that students have daily access to a reliable high-speed internet connection during school hours.
Student learning daily minimum learning time by grade level:
- 180 minutes of live (or synchronous) learning each day.
- 120 minutes of on-demand (or asynchronous) learning each day.
Grades 1 - 8
- 225 minutes of live (or synchronous) learning each day.
- 75 minutes of on-demand (or asynchronous) learning each day.
LKDSB will offer virtual learning programming for secondary students who wish to learn in this model. However, with more students expected to return to in-person learning, virtual learning course offerings will be limited and conditional on sufficient enrolment.
Students who chose virtual learning will be registered as Lambton Kent Composite School students. Students enrolled in virtual learning will not be associated with their home school.
Here is some information for consideration as you determine the best learning path for the 2021-2022 school year:
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- Students are registered with their home school.
- All secondary programs associated with the home school will be offered
- We anticipate September to January will be the Quadmester model – 2 courses will be taken per Quadmester. The daily schedule and number of courses per day is yet to be determined.
- We anticipate that some in-person extra-curricular opportunities will resume.
- Students will be registered as Lambton Kent Composite School (LKCS) students.
- Most secondary programs associated with LKCS will be offered to students (for example SHSM, Dual Credit). Course offerings will include Applied, Academic, Workplace, College and University type courses. Essential and French Immersion Program is not available through virtual learning. See Frequently Asked Questions for a list of course offerings.
- Virtual learning will require 225 live online minutes of synchronous instruction daily within a 300-minute instructional day. Regular, daily attendance is mandatory.
- Virtual learning will operate on the Quadmester model – 2 courses per quadmester. The daily schedule and number of courses per day is yet to be determined.
- Virtual extra-curricular activities (ie Key Club, Art Club, Student Council, etc) will be available
Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the virtual programming for the 2021-2022 school year, including a list of secondary course offerings.
Special Education Supports
The LKDSB will continue to provide access to special education supports and resources for students involved in virtual learning. Most special education and mental health supports best meet student needs when provided in an in-person environment. The LKDSB will work with virtual learning staff and students to provide accommodations as detailed in students' IEPs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to read additional Frequently Asked Questions about the virtual programming for the 2021-2022 school year.
Have a question?
Parents/guardians with specific questions about their child should contact their child's school directly.