Summer 2020 - COVID-19 Special FAQs
Why is SD43 only offering credit classes in the Fast Track online/blended format this year?
The health and safety of our students, staff and their families is our highest priority. Our school district is currently following the guidelines of the Provincial Heath Services Authority for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, it is decided that regular in-person high school credit classes will not be possible this summer.
Can I upgrade my mark taking a Fast Track course?
Yes. A final mark earned in a Fast Track course will, if higher than a mark already earned in the same course, replace the original mark
What do I do if I register in an online/blended class but do not have an adequate computer?
SD43 will provide a student laptop on a "for loan" basis for any student that demonstrates need for one. As a limited number of laptops will be available, students will be expected to apply to borrow one in advance of the start of the program. All registrants will be contacted to verify they have an adequate computer or laptop to use for their summer course.
Why is registration only available to students in SD43 schools during the month of May?
SD43 is only able to offer a limited number and range of courses in Fast Track. For this reason the priority for registration must be given to students enrolled in SD43 public schools, many of whom depend on summer courses for their graduation plans.
Starting June 1st any remaining spots in Fast Track courses will be available for non-SD43 (i.e., independent school) students to register online.
Why do the Fast Track courses say they're located at Gleneagle?
Gleneagle Secondary will be the office headquarters for Fast Track. Although students will not attend classes there, there will be office staff available to help students or parents in person or over the phone with their questions. Laptop loans will also likely be distributed from Gleneagle.
How will tests be taken in Fast Track if it's an online course?
Teachers will design meaningful and rigorous assessments in all courses. All assessment (including written assignments/quizzes/tests) will be conducted online. Summer Learning students are expected to adhere to strict policies regarding academic integrity.
What is available for students in Grades 1 to 8?
All elementary, middle and secondary Skill Building classes are cancelled this summer due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Our skill building classes were designed for everyday face-to-face interaction with students and do not lend themselves to the COVID-19 Stage 3 requirements currently in place. We are currently looking into plans to develop short and intensive on-line courses for next year’s Summer Learning program, should COVID-19 still require an alternate summer learning delivery model.
Elementary/Middle Support Classes: The District will be running a very limited number of support classes for students at the elementary and middle level. Students are admitted to the program by school referral only. Students are recommended by their home school’s School-Based Teams, in consultation with the family. This program will serve students prioritized as those in greatest need of further learning supports.
Will Remedial courses for Grade 9 and 10 students be offered?
Yes, please see our home page under Secondary Remedial for details.
FAQ's from 2019
Do I put my elementary or middle school child in a class at the grade level they're going into in September, or at the grade level they're finishing?
There are two options. First, the student will reinforce and build skills by enrolling in the class at the grade level they’ve just finished. e.g., a student who is completing Grade 4 would register in Reading & Writing 4. Second, putting the child into the grade level class (i.e., the grade they’ll be going into in September) is a “preview” of the next grade course. When in doubt we would recommend that parents consult their child's classroom teacher as this individual will be able to recommend the most appropriate program to meet your child's needs.
What is a 'profile' and why do I need one?
A profile is an account or a record that contains required demographic information. Ministry requirements dictate we maintain certain records for each student. In order to register for a course with us, your account needs to be current and accurate.
What do I need to know about my child's attendance?
Summer students are expected to attend each and every day of their course. Summer Learning courses are designed with student learning and student success in mind. However, absences will significantly diminish the value of the course to your child, not to mention putting added stress on your child in feeling unconnected to their classroom community and catching up on missed work. Most of our courses are fully enrolled, leaving many students unable to take courses. A student who enrolls but is consistently absent is taking the place of a student who potentially would have fully participated in the course.
Students who miss the first week of classes will not be able to continue in their summer course(s). There are two reasons for this: 1) This is not in the learning interests of the student. In addition to the stress associated with starting late, it may not be possible for the student to catch up on missed assignments. 2) The Ministry of Education will not fund students who miss the entire first week of class. Therefore students will not be able continue in the course with "tuition-free" status. Please do not register your child unless you are committed to daily attendance in their course(s).
Why are the Skill Building & Remedial courses only 3 weeks for half days?
The Ministry of Education provides course-by-course funding for these non-credit courses for 40 hours. We find that the vast majority of students and parents prefer half days so we run these courses over 3 weeks for 14 half days (42 hours). We intentionally start these courses the second week of July so that families can have a break after the school year ends, as well as during the first week of July we can clean the schools and classrooms and get things ready for Summer Learning. Please note that the Ministry policy is that students in Grades 1 through 7 can only take one summer course.
What report card marks will my child get?
Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Skill Building courses are non-credit courses. Therefore the report card provides only an effort mark (G (Good); S (Satisfactory); or N (Needs Improvement)), along with a written comment from the teacher.
Secondary Remedial courses provide the opportunity for students to receive a passing grade for the course. The report card will provide their final mark, effort mark, and a comment.
Advanced Credit and Fast Track courses are full-credit courses, meaning students will receive a mid-term report and a final report card that includes a letter grade, effort mark, and comment. The final mark will be posted to the student's ministry transcript. Please note that students who withdraw from a course prior to the 65% point will not receive a mark on their transcript.
What is the maximum number of summer courses I can take?
Students who will be in Grade 8 and higher as of July 1st can take a maximum of two courses. Students in Grades 1-7 can only take one course.
Can I audit a 'for credit' course?
No. All students who take an Advanced Credit or Online Fast Track course who complete 65% of the course will receive a final grade in their course - A, B, C+, C, C- or F. The 65% point is July 26 . Students who withdraw prior to July 26 will receive a W (Withdrawal). The site principal will send students more detailed information about this.
Can I register for the same course at two different locations/times and then decide which is best for my schedule?
No. This will be considered an abuse of the online registration process and may result in the cancellation of your registration(s). It is unfair to other students to occupy a space in a class with no intention of attending.
Why do I pay a deposit for secondary courses?
The $100 deposit applies only to courses that use a textbook. It is fully refundable if certain conditions are met (see refund policy).
How does the refund policy work?
What if I don't have a Visa or Mastercard to pay for the course deposit?
Please visit our Montgomery Centre office to pay by cash or debit.
Can Adult (non-grad) students (over 19) take Summer Learning courses?
Adults can only take 'Fast Track' (Online-Blended) courses.
Can graduated students take Summer Learning courses?
Graduated students of any age can only take 'Fast Track' Courses.