Dear parents/guardians of at-home learning students,
We would like to begin this letter to all our at-home learning parents/guardians to thank you for your patience and understanding as we launched our new school over the last few days. There have been hiccups along the way as many of you have experienced, but these were to be expected as we placed more than 2,000 students into virtual classrooms with new teachers across the system.
Here are a few important reminders and information we’d like to share with you to help us in the coming weeks and months as we settle into a routine:
For virtual classrooms to be successful it is important that students are able to turn on their microphones and speak during portions of their classes. Please remember that the microphone picks up sound for quite a distance. It is important to be sure that there is limited background noise and that others in the household ensure that appropriate language, attire, and activities are taking place in the background. The computer or device camera picks up a whole room not necessarily just the face of your child.
The participants in our virtual classes are the teacher and the students. It is important for an adult to assist a student, particularly primary students, with use of technology, but we are asking parents and guardians to be “silent partners” during classes. While we know it is tempting for parents to speak, ask questions, or offer suggestions during a class, we ask that if necessary, you speak with the teacher privately at another time, and not during class time.
We know some families are having technical difficulties and are waiting for assistance from our Technology Services department. As you can imagine, there is a large backlog of requests for technical services. Our TLDSB [email protected] is a priority and they are resolving issues as quickly as possible.
Some families are finding they are unable to participate in virtual online at-home classes due to technical or other difficulties. We will be working with these families to ensure learning continues. This may take some time and a separate communication will be sent to these families.
Small group and one-on-one sessions with students will be arranged over the coming days to provide some independent opportunities for your child to engage with their teacher. You will also find that teachers will be building in short “stretch and regroup” opportunities throughout the day beyond the regularly scheduled breaks. This will help to provide your child with more frequent breaks from screen and sitting time. Encourage your child to get up and do some jumping jacks, run on the spot, or some other movement during these brief interludes.
It is very important that students come to each of their classes on time. This will help to ensure that learning is not interrupted. The space selected for learning that is free from distractions is also an important factor to consider.
Join us in encouraging your child’s independence. Oral or written responses that aren’t perfect or have mistakes are okay and provide ways for teachers to know where your child needs support.
Please visit our website at https://lhe.tldsb.on.ca/ often. We will be posting information for families here on a regular basis.
We join our partners in TLDSB school buildings in reminding everyone to do all you can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Encourage your children to wash their hands often, physically distance and wear a mask when outside of the home. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at [email protected]
Principal (Kindergarten to Grade 3)
Principal (Grade 4-8)