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UCDSB Remote Learning

UCDSB Remote Learning 

The UCDSB is working to get all remote learning programs in place for our students who have chosen to learn from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elementary students who have chosen to learn remotely, either in real time with their local school (remote synchronous model) or via the self-study method using resources provided by their school (remote asynchronous) should contact their teacher with questions or for support.

Secondary students who have chosen to study in real time with their local school (remote synchronous model) should contact their teacher with questions or for support.

Secondary students who have chosen to study via the self-study method using resources provided by their school (remote asynchronous) should contact the UCDSB Virtual School Team virtualschool@ucdsb.on.ca

Program Delivery
Here is how each remote learning model is being delivered:

Remote Learning Option

Key Factors

How learning takes place

Remote Synchronous
(Digital learning, in real-time, from home)

  • Access to a teacher in your regular school for synchronous learning.

  • Ability to connect with their in-person classmates

Instruction is provided through the local school and the child’s classroom teacher, through real-time video and audio streaming, using MS Teams or D2L-Brightspace.

Remote Asynchronous: Digital
(Digital learning, not in real time, from home)

Students will have access to the Microsoft (MS) Teams platform used by their class. This is where they will access and submit assignments to a teacher.

Completed materials will be submitted online for assessment and evaluation. Parents will continue to provide direct support for their child’s learning at home and there will be opportunities for students to book time with their teacher.

Remote Asynchronous: Non-Digital
(Digital learning, not in real time, from home)

Students will receive printed materials to support their learning. These students will not have access to the MS Teams classroom platform.

Completed materials will be returned to the school for assessment and evaluation. Parents will continue to provide direct support for their child’s learning at home and there will be opportunities for students to book time with their teacher.


Key information about Remote Learning

Except for the asynchronous non-digital model, all other remote learning models require students to have internet connectivity and access to a personal computer or laptop for the duration of the school day. 

Students can expect to have five hours of learning opportunities throughout the day. The Ministry of Education has provided the following minimum requirements for daily synchronous learning between students and the teacher in the online environment:

  • Kindergarten: 180 minutes;
  • Grades 1 to 3: 225 minutes;
  • Grades 4 to 8: 225 minutes;
  • Grade 9 to 12: 120 minutes out of 150 minutes daily instruction. 
The remote learning program using digital tools will provide online instruction to students using:
  • Microsoft Teams
  • D2L
  • UCDSB assigned student email address
Classroom teachers will use video/audio conferencing functions of Microsoft Teams and D2L to  facilitate remote learning. Only those in the class will have access to the video/audio conferencing taking place.

Elementary Learning Packages 

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