Learn at Home with Kenora Catholic

Kenora Catholic's Learn at Home Program
Posted on 04/05/2020
Kenora Catholic's Learn at Home ProgramLearn at Home with Kenora Catholic The Ministry of Education has extended the emergency closure of all schools in Ontario until Monday, May 4, to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep children and families safe. At Kenora Catholic, we are committed to doing everything we can to support the direction of our Chief Medical Officers of Health and government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while keeping learning moving forward. In response, we will be launching phase II of our Learn at Home Program, which includes teacher-led learning, until schools can safely reopen for in-school learning.

Guiding Principles

During Kenora Catholic's Learn at Home Program, our educators will be guided by the following principles:

  • We are committed to doing our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in order to flatten the curve. This requires our students to learn from home, and our educators and support staff will work with families to provide the best possible learning experience for students.
  • Kenora Catholic educators, students, and parents are encouraged to make their own health and well-being and their family's health and well-being the first priority. With this in mind, everyone is encouraged to do their best to keep learning moving forward. 
  • We understand that every household is unique, and educators will be flexible in how they support students and families. 
  • The main method of learning delivery will be electronic, and educators will ensure that all students are able to access the learning materials and plans. 
  • Parents can expect their child to do a certain number of hours of school work per week, as outlined by the Ministry of Education for learning at home. 

Live Sessions with Dr. Derek Haime

Dr. Derek Haime has been hosting live Microsoft Teams Events with Kenora Catholic staff and families to share information on Kenora Catholic's Learn at Home Program and answer questions. You can watch Director Haime's most recent sessions to hear the Director's address to families, and learn about this phase of learning:

April 30, 2020

April 2, 2020

"I am grateful that we had just shy of 400 combined participants in our live sessions. Thank you for taking time out of your busy, hectic, 'anything but normal' days to hear the latest information from Kenora Catholic and ask almost 200 questions about our emergency, remote learning plan and associated resources. Thank you to all Kenora Catholic staff who have put in enormous hours over the last few weeks to develop, communicate and implement these plans. I would also like to thank the Ministry of Education and all other Ontario School Boards for the excellent work they too have done and for their actions to share their resources for the benefit of all Ontario students and families." - Derek Haime, Director of Education

These sessions were recorded and distributed to staff and Kenora Catholic families. If you still have questions after watching the video and reading the questions and answers below please call us at (807) 468-9851 or email us at info@kcdsb.on.ca and a member of our team will get back to you with a response. 

Feedback: This was the first time we've hosted a Microsoft Team's Live event for families, students and staff and we welcome your feedback. Please let us know if you found the session valuable, or not and if you would like Kenora Catholic to host future Microsoft Team's events. Please tap the link to provide feedback. 


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Questions and Answers

To help continue the learning in a safe and effective way, we offer the following words and a summary of the most asked questions with answers:

For students of all ages wondering what now for the rest of the school year; for educators and support workers wondering how to implement remote emergency learning and supports for all students' needs; for parents and guardians wondering how to balance everything you are juggling: 

Start where you are. Use what you have. Ask for help if you need it. Like you, we are giving our very best efforts to first and most importantly do everything asked of us by our medical health professionals and then take every reasonable action possible to keep learning moving forward under these circumstances that are difficult for everyone. 

What is emergency, remote teaching and learning?

Emergency remote teaching and learning is students learning at home because of COVID-19, led and guided by a Kenora Catholic teacher. Learning will take on a variety of forms and may include online learning, telephone connections, assignments submitted by email, online classrooms using virtual learning environment, off-line tasks and more. Our hope is that the learning is relevant for your child and that it provides some valuable structure to their day at home. It is not a replication of the instructional day. 

What can I expect during Kenora Catholic's Learn at Home Program? 

  • Communication from your child's teacher
  • Instruction to facilitate both online and offline learning in key subject areas, aligned with Ministry of Education curriculum
  • Connection to teachers and peers
  • Feedback from your child's teacher on their work and participation

What are the guidelines for learning by grade?

Educators are to re-establish learning by grade groupings as follows:

Age Group

Number of Hours


Kindergarten – Grade 3

five hours of work per student/week

focus on religious education and family life, literacy and math

Grades 4-6

five hours of work per student/week

focus on religious education and family life, literacy, math, science and social studies

Grades 7-8

10 hours of work per student/week

focus on religious education and family life, math, literacy, science and social studies

Grades 9-12

three hours of work per course per week for semestered students; 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students.

focus on achieving credits/completion/graduation

Hours refer to the approximate amount of time students would spend on the work assigned by teachers. Teacher work would include preparation of assigned work and providing feedback and assessment. Teacher engagement with students is expected but would vary depending on circumstances and could include a range of ways that teachers would connect with their students. 

What will online learning look like?

Online learning may take different forms. Many of our classrooms were already set up with a virtual learning environment (VLE), which includes Google Classrooms, Microsoft Teams, D2L Brightspace, and will be able to pick up where they left off during in-school learning. Other classrooms with less experience with Virtual Learning Environments will utilize a VLE according to the teacher's best professional judgement and in coordination with the parents and students. 

My family and work situation does not allow me to provide designated support or time to help my child learn. What should I do?

We recognize that every family is in a different situation and has different time and ability to support their child. Educators will be considering all of these scenarios and will strive to be thoughtful in how and when learning is delivered. Please work with your child's teacher to help them understand what is feasible right now in your home. 

Will there be set hours for when my child has to participate in learning?

We recognize that timed learning may be difficult for a lot of families. One option for educators is to record live instruction and have it available during other times or have resources available any time. We hope students will be able to build connections with their teachers and classmates through some classroom-style online learning, however, we recognize that may not be possible for everyone. 


How do I help set my child up for success?

Encouraging at home learning is a great start. Developing a schedule will assist with balancing activities during the day. If feasible, use one or two apps or online sites recommended by the teacher to continue your child's learning. Connecting with your child's teacher and sharing with them any challenges your child is experiencing and also identifying opportunities for your child may want will help.

What do I do if I don't have a computer or access to the internet?

Staff have been working tirelessly to develop and execute a plan to provide a Wi-Fi enabled device to every KCDSB student whose teacher asks for one, in order to ensure continuity of learning according to their best professional judgement.

We are now at the point in the process where teachers in contact with homes are conveying the requests to their Principals and Vice Principals with respect to any physical resources and equipment that teachers determine are needed. We will do everything reasonable to gather these and make arrangements for redistribution of these teacher requested resources and equipment. 

If equipment or resources are requested by your child's teacher and this can be arranged, the teacher will confirm this with parents. The start date for delivery of equipment and resources is Monday, April 6. Teachers will provide regular updates. 

I only have one device at home and multiple children. How do I support their learning?

Setting an at-home schedule for each child may be helpful and helping their teachers understand the limitations will aid in ensuring that non-digital options are also available to support learning. 

I do not have a printer at home. What options are there for worksheets or offline learning?

Sharing with your child's teacher, the at-home limitations your child may experience is helpful so they understand the needs of each of their students, and thus can provide differentiated learning opportunities. 

My child is in French Immersion. What supports are there for parents to help continue learning?

All French as a Second Language Programs (FSL) are designed for families who do not speak French at home. Families may support their children in French Immersion in much the same way they would in the English program. It is not necessary that families speak French for a child to continue learning at home. A family may create an account on IDELLO by selecting the 'Parent' or students can create an account using their Kenora Catholic, Google email account. This would allow them to explore the resources on their own (parent or student). If you need additional French resources, our excellent French teachers will advise you. 

I haven't heard from my child's teacher yet. What should I do?

Teachers were asked to reach out to students and/or caregivers by April 3. If you have not heard from your child's teacher, please email the Principal or Vice Principal of your child's school. Here are the contact email addresses for each of our schools:

St. Thomas Aquinas High School - sta@kcdsb.on.caUnfamiliar Caller ID - It could be your child's teacher
École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys - smb@kcdsb.on.ca
Pope John Paul II School - pjp@kcdsb.on.ca
St. Louis School - stl@kcdsb.on.ca
St. John School - sjs@kcdsb.on.ca

You can also call the Catholic Education Centre at (807) 468-9851 from 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. and we will connect you to a member of our team who can help you. 

Please note that a teacher's name will not show up on your phone, so if you've missed a call from an Unknown Number be sure to check your voicemail as it may be your child's teacher calling. 

Are students being assessed on this learning?

For elementary students, teachers will use approaches to gather evidence of student learning and will provide meaningful feedback to students on their progress. Evidence of significant improvement in learning, during the closure period, may be taken into consideration by the teacher when assigning a final grade in a subject area. Otherwise, students in Grades 1 - 8, will be assigned the grades earned based on their learning of the expectations in the curriculum up until schools closed on March 13, 2020. All students, Kindergarten to Grade 8, will receive a June report card.  

Mid-term marks will be entered only for Grade 12 students by April 23, 2020, to meet the deadline to report grades to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OAUC) and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). Marks will reflect work done up until March 13, 2020. However, formative assessments done post April 6, can be used to improve a student's marks should students demonstrate further achievement of expectations. 

For students in secondary school, teachers will assign learning tasks, projects and culminating activities. Teachers will communicate results and feedback to students about these marked assignments and results will form students' final course marks.  Only demonstrated improvements in learning will be taken into consideration when assigning a final mark. Final subjects a student is taking will be reported on in the June report card. 

Will students be at risk of not graduating?

The Government of Ontario has made it very clear that no student will have their graduation compromised by COVID-19 and the Ministry of Education continues to work with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to ensure that there will be no barriers to accessing post-secondary education. 

Are there additional resources available for St. Thomas Aquinas High School Students?

Additional resources are available for students at St.Thomas Aquinas High School. The school has developed an online learning page to help students continue their education while the school is closed. The school has also established a virtual guidance office to connect students to academic and mental health resources and support as well as to continue to build upon and strengthen the school community.  

Is there financial support for families?

The Ministry of Education is providing financial support for parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario's declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Click here to learn more about the Support for Families

Is there additional information available from the Ministry of Education?

The Province of Ontario launched an online Learn at Home portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The online resource is in line with the Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum. 

The Ministry of Education also announced the second phase of Learn at Home to support the continuity of learning. 


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