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Virtual Learning at CCS 2020-2021

Cornerstone Christian School is pleased to be offering virtual learning for students in grades 1 through 12 in the 2020-2021 school year. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many aspects of our lives and providing virtual learning is one way to ensure students and families can stay connected to CCS and continue learning. 

The goals of virtual learning at CCS include:

  1. To provide a way for CCS students who are immunocompromised to continue taking classes with the Christian worldview integrated across subject areas taught by Cornerstone teachers.
    • Note that students in this scenario will not be marked absent from school while they are participating in virtual learning.
  2. To provide a way for CCS students who have close family members who are immunocompromised to continue taking classes with the Christian worldview integrated across subject areas taught by Cornerstone teachers.
    • Note that students in this scenario will not be marked absent from school while they are participating in virtual learning.
  3. To ensure CCS students who have to be absent from school due to illness (COVID-19 related or other), awaiting test results, isolation/ quarantine requirements, etc. can continue to access course materials and instruction as well as complete course work so that they can return to school with no or minimal catch-up required.
    • Note that students in this scenario will be marked absent from school while they are participating in virtual learning.
    • In the event that a student is required to be away from school for an extended period of time due to illness or injury, but is able to fully engage in virtual learning, then attendance recording may be revisited on a case by case basis.
  4. To ensure CCS students who have to be absent from school due to appointments or family reasons can continue to access course materials and instruction as well as complete course work so that they can return to school with no or minimal catch-up required.
    • Note that students in this scenario will be marked absent from school while they are participating in virtual learning.
  5. To ensure educational continuity for all students should individual classrooms or the school be directed to close due to an increase of cases of COVID-19 or outbreaks in the community.
    • Note that students in this scenarios will not be marked absent from school while they are participating in virtual learning.
  6. To provide flexibility between in-person and virtual instruction without requiring CCS students and families to choose one way or the other for an entire term or reporting period.

 

 

CCS affirms that in-person instruction and attendance at school is ultimately better for students. A vitally important aspect of CCS is being physically a part of our unique, faith-focused community. Students and families are encouraged to choose in-person learning whenever possible and to limit their reliance on virtual learning whenever they safely can do so. Virtual learning should not be viewed as a complete replacement for in-person instruction. CCS is providing virtual learning as a bridge with the goal of in-person attendance always at the forefront.

 

Currently, virtual learning at CCS is not intended to:

  • To eliminate in-person attendance expectations for students who simply prefer to stay at home whether occasionally or frequently.
  • To eliminate in-person attendance expectations to enable older siblings to provide child care to younger siblings at home.
  • To eliminate in-person attendance expectations for families who have transportation issues.
  • To eliminate in-person attendance expectations to enable high school students to go to work rather than attend school.
  • To eliminate in-person attendance expectations for students who struggle with anxiety (and/or other mental health related concerns) because avoidance, though providing short-term feelings of relief, will ultimately reinforce and exacerbate the anxiety.
  • To allow for subject-specific or activity-specific choice or a combination virtual/ in-person schedule for students.

 

Families/Caregivers who elect to do virtual learning are expected:

  • To communicate this choice via email to the school office (office@ccsmj.ca), provide the estimated time frame for participation in virtual learning, and provide the reason(s) for the choice to participate in virtual learning.
  • To communicate the actual date of the student’s return to in-person learning to the school office at least 48 hours ahead of the return.
  • To ensure the student has internet access, a computer/tablet/or smartphone and school supplies at home; note that the school is able to assist families with device needs and supplies if assistance in these areas is required.
  • To monitor the student throughout the day to ensure they are logging on, doing their work, and not experiencing any technical issues.
  • To return calls and/or respond to emails sent by the teacher.
  • To honour the financial contract (i.e. continue to pay tuition as per the financial agreement between the family and Cornerstone Christian School).

 

Please note that teachers will not be providing paper copies of materials except for things like textbooks and novels. Families will be responsible for picking up such items at the school; there is no delivery service at this time.

 

Students who elect to do virtual learning are expected:

  • To login daily to the online platform for each subject area; work through the content and learning activities; and submit assignments.
  • To communicate regularly with the classroom/subject area teacher(s) through email, phone, and/or Zoom pending teacher preference.
  • To be able to work and learn independently, to be self-motivated, and to be able to manage their time well.
  • To return calls and/or respond to emails sent by the teacher.
  • To write tests and exams at the request of the subject-area teacher on site at CCS, supervised by CCS staff, in a classroom or other space empty of students. (Applies to Grades 10-12 only; consistent with PSSD virtual school procedures)

 

Note: Students who elect to participate in virtual learning as their primary educational model will not be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities until they transition to full time in-person learning at CCS. This does not apply to students who use virtual learning to catch up on work missed as a result of short-term absences.

 

Teachers are expected:

  • To post subject area materials, notes, handouts, assignments, etc. covered in class on the virtual platform corresponding to the grade level.
  • To ensure students have access to the virtual platform in all subject areas taught.
  • To attempt to have individual communication with students participating in virtual learning (such as Zoom meeting, email, phone call) once per week at minimum at a mutually agreed upon time as well as communicate feedback and answer questions regularly through the virtual platform or email.
  • To communicate with parents and the office when a student participating in virtual learning is inactive for five days with no correspondence with their teacher or assignment activity on the virtual platform.