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Upper Canada district reviews virtual school options

The Upper Canada District School Board  continues to explore the potential of remote learning for its students in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. — stock photo
The Upper Canada District School Board  continues to explore the potential of remote learning for its students in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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One school district is looking into the feasibility of a virtual school system for Kindergarten and elementary students.

Trustees for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) approved a motion to have Director of Education Stephen Sliwa and his staff research and report on the feasibility and cost of a real-time virtual school setup for UCDSB students at the Kindergarten level and in grades 1 to 6. Trustees want the report before the end of November this year.

The directive resulted from trustees’ review of a report on remote learning during their September 2 special teleconference session. The report included information on synchronous, or “real time”, learning and issues related to privacy.

The UCDSB Remote Learning Guide is available for parents and students on the UCDSB website on the Return to School information page. The guide reviews the three types of remote learning: synchronous digital, which means digital learning in real-time at home; asynchronous digital, which is digital learning, not in real-time, at home; and asynchronous non-digital learning, which is learning at home using printed materials, and not online documents or study guides.

The remote learning guide reviews privacy safety measures for the digital learning tools available to the UCDSB.