Teaching and Learning

Quarterly System for 2020-21 and In-person Re-entry Dates

As we organize for 2020-21, we know that our students need access to high-quality instruction. We also recognize that in-person classes might not be appropriate at this time for all families, depending on their personal circumstances and well-being. For this reason, we are structuring the 2020-21 school year into four (4) quarters:

1. September - mid-November
2. mid-November - January 29
3. February 1 - mid-April
4. mid-April - end of June

Instructional Learning Opportunities

1. In-person instruction, Scenario 1 

Students who attend school will be assigned to a class where a classroom teacher will support their learning. If a student needs to stay home due to illness, their classroom teacher will provide work to support their learning. The teacher will not provide online instruction. 

2. At-home online instruction, Scenario 1 

Students who are unable to attend in-person learning in September 2020 can be part of an online learning group with an assigned teacher. This learning format will include live online teacher instruction, directed activities and assignments that students will complete independently.

  • Online students will remain enrolled at the school where they are registered for the 2020-21 school year; however, the online teacher may not be a staff member at that school. As well, students in an online learning group may be from multiple schools.

  • Online instruction will cover all the required areas of the provincial curriculum with a focus on the core subject areas, and a modified focus on fine arts courses, physical education, and CTF/CTS courses for Grades 5 to 12.

  • Quarterly System: students who are unable to attend in-person learning and choose at-home, online instruction will be committed to at-home online instruction for the quarter (See Quarterly System for 2020-21 and In-person Re-entry Dates above).

  • Family Choice Following Quarters One and Two. Families who chose online instruction and want to transition to in-person learning have the opportunity to do so at the start of the second or third quarters. Please contact your school for more information.

3. Home Education (Distance Learning)

A parent may choose to facilitate a Home Education program for their child as outlined in Section 20 of the Education Act. Please see NGPS Administrative Procedure 270 and contact the principal of your local school for assistance.

4. Home Schooling (Parent Directed)

When students enroll in a homeschooling program outside of the NGPS jurisdiction, the parent is responsible for their child’s progress and learning. Students who are registered in a home schooling program for the current school year must remain registered for the entire school year as per NGPS current practice.

Please contact your school principal for more information about any of the instructional learning opportunities available.