LDSB Secondary Virtual School

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Welcome to the Limestone District School Board’s Secondary Virtual School for the 2021-2022 school year! This page will be updated regularly with important information for students and families. Please make note of daily schedule, contact information and technical help support in the right-hand menus.

The Secondary Virtual School is using a quadmester system for at least the first half of the school year just like in-person school. Students take one course all morning (8:30-11 a.m.) and one course all afternoon (12-2:30 p.m.). Quadmester 1 wraps up on Friday, November 12, 2021. Quadmester 2 will start on Monday, November 15, 2021 and continues until February 1, 2022. 

Courses for Quadmester 2 will appear on students' Minds Online home page by the morning of November 15. Students will be able to access/enter their Quadmester 2 morning course starting at 8:30 a.m. on November 15. Access to Quadmester 2 afternoon courses will begin at 12 p.m. on November 15.

* Students registered with the Secondary Virtual School should be checking their LDSB Outlook email account at least once per day.

Technical Resources/Support

Students and parents/guardians are asked to please review the video conferencing guides (right-hand menu) in advance. Students and families are also encouraged to review the Technical Support document (right-hand menu) and visit the Virtual School/Remote Learning Technology Support webpage 
If students are having difficulty logging in, are new to Limestone, or require technical support, please contact our ITS team at 613-417-3559 Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Devices

It is recommended that you have access to a device that has a working camera and microphone so that students can participate during virtual meetings. A Chromebook, laptop (PC or Mac), desktop computer or tablet/iPad are all suitable devices. If you do not have access to a device, please contact the Secondary Virtual School by email or call 613-542-7369. The distribution of technology will be facilitated through the Secondary Virtual School.

Internet Access

Internet access will be provided to students who are learning remotely and do not currently have access (where service is available). If you do not have access to internet, please contact the Secondary Virtual School by email or call 613-542-7369. We will work with you to coordinate a suitable solution (e.g. an Internet Hotspot) if required. 

 

Secondary Virtual School Structure 

Grade 9 and 10:

The Grade 9 and 10 program uses a synchronous model of teaching and learning characterized by live class sessions. Morning teachers are available from 8:30-11 a.m. and afternoon teachers are available from 12-2:30 p.m. Students are expected to be prepared for the day's learning and to be logged in at the start of their morning and afternoon classes. Secondary Virtual School daily announcements will be shared by teachers at the start of each morning class. Classes will begin with the teacher overviewing the tasks and timelines for the day, checking in on students' progress, answering any questions students might have, etc. Students will then work on assignments, participate in class activities, collaborate with peers through group work, and conference with their teacher. Students are expected to spend at least 5 to 7 hours per school day (both online and offline) working on their two courses. Students are encouraged to keep caught up, and to let their teacher know as soon as possible if they are falling behind. Teachers will share their contact information with students and families. 

Grade 9 and 10 schedules can be found below. Please note that there is currently one course in each morning or afternoon block. As a result, class changes are possible only when there is space in an available course. Several courses in the Grade 9 and 10 schedule have changed recently; this is a result of our ongoing efforts to provide students with as much diversity as possible across our course offerings. We are currently exploring the feasibility of also offering Grade 9 Food & Nutrition and Grade 10 Drama in the afternoon block of Quad 3.

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Grade 11 & 12:

The vast majority of courses being offered to Grade 11 and 12 SVS students are e-Learning courses provided through the e-Learning Consortium. Any Quadmester 2 e-Learning courses that a student has been registered in will appear on their Minds Online dashboard by Monday, November 15.  Wait listed courses will not appear. Students will receive email notification from the e-Learning Consortium at their LDSB Outlook email account whenever they have been registered in a course or placed on a wait list. They will receive another email when they move from the wait list to being registered in a course. 

Unlike Grade 9 and 10 SVS courses which have synchronous or live teaching/class time, e-Learning courses are asynchronous, and students work through them as directed by their teacher over the course of a quadmester or semester. Teachers may also embed some synchronous components such as group work, study groups, tutorials, teacher/student conferencing, or class chats. It is critical that students work on their e-Learning courses each school day in order to stay current with the material and due dates. If students start to fall behind they should reach out to their teacher as soon as possible for assistance.  Students should be checking their LDSB Outlook email for notification updates about course registrations with the e-Learning Consortium. Please note that based on requests from students, the SVS is currently exploring the feasibility of offering co-operative education in either Quadmester 3 or 4. 

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available in the Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 to 12 document.  

Click here to access Minds Online D2L platform for virtual learners.
Daily Schedule
LDSB Secondary Virtual School will operate on the same quadmester system as in-person learning. Students will take one course all morning (8:30-11 a.m.) and one course all afternoon (12-2:30 p.m.).
Contact Us
Bryan Lambert, Principal of Alternative and Continuing Education, Secondary Virtual School
Steve Ward, Vice-Principal of Alternative and Continuing Education, Secondary Virtual School
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