Announcements

Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting Update

Elementary


Dear Student, Parent or Guardian,

On May 27th, the Ministry of Education provided further clarification to Boards regarding Assessment and Evaluation standards for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, with all students receiving a final report card by mail.

This letter serves the purpose of providing clarification to students, parents, and guardians regarding final evaluations and reporting. Schools will continue to use the document titled: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010 and Growing Success – The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016.

Recognizing the exceptional circumstances at present, schools have made assessment and evaluation practices flexible by way of extending timelines, changing tasks and tailoring instruction for a Learn at Home environment.

The Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be based on observations of key learning and growth from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13th, in each of the Four Frames. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth in learning demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the child’s benefit.

For grades 1 to 8, final letter grades/marks will reflect work completed by March 13th, as well as any work completed after the March Break that serves to improve the student’s final mark. Teachers will consider that evidence of learning carries greater weight than other evidence, for example; some performance tasks are richer and reveal more about students’ skills and knowledge than others. Teachers will weigh all evidence of student achievement in light of these considerations and will use their professional judgement to determine the student’s report card grade. In some cases there may be insufficient evidence of learning in a particular subject or strand (including math strands), and the code “I” (An “I” denotes insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.) may be used on a student’s report card. Teachers will use their professional judgement to determine when the use of “I” is appropriate ,when it is in the best interest of the student.

Reporting of Learning Skills and Work Habits will reflect information gathered prior to March 13th. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth in Learning Skills and Work Habits demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the student’s benefit.

For student’s on an Individualized Education Program (IEP), where an alternative format is being used, (that is not based on expectations from the Ontario curriculum for Grades 1 to 8), an alternative report will accompany the Provincial Report Card.

If you have any other questions please contact your school Principal.


Sincerely,
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board



Secondary School

Assessment, Evaluation & Reporting Update

Dear Student, Parent or Guardian,

On May 27th, the Ministry of Education provided further clarification to Boards regarding Assessment and Evaluation standards for the remainder of the 2020 school year. This letter serves the purpose of providing clarification to students, parents, and guardians regarding final evaluations and reporting. Schools will continue to use the document titled: Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2010.

Recognizing the exceptional circumstances at present, schools have made assessment and evaluation practices flexible by way of extending timelines, changing tasks and tailoring instruction for a Learn at Home environment. For all grades, final grades will reflect work completed by March 13th, as well as any work completed after the March Break that serves to improve the student’s final mark. Teachers will consider that some evidence of learning carries greater weight than other evidence, for example; some performance tasks are richer and reveal more about students’ skills and knowledge than others.

Teachers will assign learning tasks, projects and culminating activities for both formative and summative purposes. Teachers will communicate the results of these marked assignments to students. Results will be used by teachers to determine students’ final course marks.

The March 13th Mark / Mid-term mark for Grade 12s and Calculating a Final Mark

By June 4th, teachers will inform students of their mark as of March 13th. Grade 12 Teachers will use the Mid-term mark. Once this mark is sent to students, it will establish the lowest mark the student shall achieve. Teachers will then calculate a mark based on assessments until the end of the year. If this mark is higher than the March 13th mark / Mid-term mark, this new mark will be used in the final report. If it is lower than the March 13th / Mid-term mark, then the March 13th/ Mid-term mark stands as the final mark.

Careers and Civics Courses
For students enrolled in Civics and Careers (half-credit courses in the second semester), their final mark for these courses at the time of school closures, will be based on work completed as of March 13th. For the second half-credit in Civics or Careers, there is an expectation that some demonstration of learning will be provided by students in order to successfully complete the course. When the student does not provide sufficient evidence of learning, the student will be assigned an "I" designation, and will not receive the half-credit for that course.

What an “I” means on a Report Card
An “I” reported as a final mark denotes insufficient information to determine a grade/mark. Students receiving an “I” as a final mark will not receive the credit.

Alternative Report Cards
For student’s utilizing alternative programming (grades 9-12) where an alternative format is being used, (that is not based on expectations from the Ontario curriculum), an alternative report will accompany the Provincial Report Card.

Specialist High Skills Major Courses
The SHSM program has an override request process already in place for school boards. Graduating students in the SHSM program unable to complete class requirements (due to extenuating circumstances, including the impacts from COVID-19), will be supported through the override request process.

College Dual Credits
The college instructor or professor is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of student achievement.

If you have any other questions please contact your school Principal.

Sincerely,
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Item Pickup

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You will be hearing from your school this week regarding item pickup.

Note: not all schools will have the same procedures and dates, so please check your school’s social media pages and website for further information.

We understand this will be a challenge for all involved.

Please be patient and please maintain all social distancing practices. Although we are happy to see one another, we have to ensure we make this day as efficient as possible, please keep this in mind while you are at the school.

Dear Parents & Guardians

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. It was a priority of the Ministry of Education to close schools, ensuring the safety of our students, families and Board Staff. Schooling will continue online and report cards will be issued to complete the year. The government is planning the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year, the gradual reopening of child-care and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress of key public health indicators. Further information is detailed in the Ministry’s news release, here.

What does this mean for you and your children?

We will continue to operate as we have. Online learning will continue with your assistance and guidance. We are aware of how much work you have on your plate, and we thank you for your continuous efforts in all you do, each and everyday.

High school graduation and year end elementary and senior elementary school activities will look differently this year, however, we will ensure that they are memorable. Our educators have been working diligently planning and preparing to try and do things virtually for your children. Although this is not ideal, they are trying to make the best out of the current situation. We’re all in this together and we appreciate your patience and understanding these last few months.

What about items within the schools?

Together with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, we have been exploring ways to safely retrieve items out of our schools for staff, students and families. This process will be a huge undertaking, as we must ensure all social distancing precautions are adhered to and areas remain disinfected. Coordination of device, textbook and school belongings to be returned may be done simultaneously. Further communication with more information will be forthcoming.

What is next?

Before the end of June, additional information will be available on how September will look within our school environments (social distancing measures, etc.). The Minister of Education will also be providing more information on Summer Programming.

At this time, we are working on our next steps and will relay information as it becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these uncharted waters, together. It has been incredibly helpful and humbling to have a TBCDSB parent/guardian community such as yourselves. Your perseverance and ability to adapt have been commendable. Thank you.

Please see the Minister of Education's message to parents here:

Minister's Message - English

Minister's Message - French

Catholic Education Week - 2020

We’re asking students, staff, parents and alumni to reflect on the following…

  • What does Catholic education mean to you?

OR

  • How has Catholic education helped shape the person you are today?

Share your thoughts through tweets and pictures (Instagram or Facebook) using the hashtags:
#mytbayCatholic #IgnitingHope #tbcdsb


Check the full Schedule Here

A letter from the Minister of Education

Dear Parents,

I sincerely hope that you, your children, and your families are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. Over these past weeks, our government has been inspired by you and your children’s eagerness and flexibility in transitioning toward remote learning. We know that this has not been easy, especially with the profound impact COVID-19 has had on your lives and livelihood. The ability to keep our students engaged in their learning journey has been remarkable.

Read more: English | French

Closure Extension

Yesterday, the Minister of Education announced that the school closure will extend until May 31, 2020.

We will continue to notify our families as we receive more information.

It was a priority of the Ministry to close schools, ensuring the safety of our students, families and Board Staff. School closures are vital in the fight to flatten the curve.

From the Desk of the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The last few weeks have been surreal, for all of us. I pray everyone is well, and you and your families are taking the necessary precautions to remain safe during the COVID-19 closure.

It was a priority of the Ministry of Education to close schools, ensuring the safety of our students, families and Board Staff. School closures are vital in the fight to flatten the curve. Yesterday, the Minister of Education announced that the school closure will extend until May 4, 2020 and we are thankful for this decision of safety.

Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students, and to support students to advance to the next school year, earn credits and to graduate.

The Minister launched Phase II of the Learn at Home Initiative, indicating the following:

  • Reconnecting students with teachers and other school staff, including mental health workers;
  • Re-establishing teacher-led learning by grade groupings as follows:
  • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week
    (focus on literacy and math)
    • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week
      (focus on literacy, math, science and social studies)
    • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week
      (focus on 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)
  • Leveraging digital resources and identifying alternative forms of teacher-student connectivity, such as phone and mail;
  • Requiring final report cards for all students;
  • Prioritizing and supporting students on track to graduate;
  • Distributing laptops and/or devices from schools as needed, while observing public health direction;

The Minister touched upon Special Education and ways to utilize non traditional methods of delivery and assistance with additional benefits to these families and their children. We are awaiting further information and directives on this.

As a parent, I understand there are many unknowns, which can be daunting. Discussing the current situation with your children pose challenges, especially for younger minds. With this being said, we have created an online tool-kit with mental health resources to help bridge this gap. I hope these tools assist in the communication with your children and I encourage you to take a look at these resources located on our website in the navigation menu entitled: COVID-19.

Many of you have been trying to keep your children occupied, focused and engaged in a routine over the past few weeks. I’ve had many comments from parents about what they’re doing to keep their children learning while being at home. Many of you have been utilizing the Ministry’s Learn at Home resources, or various other assistive materials; some of you have even been creating your own lesson plans. For this, I applaud you. Important lessons can be learned at home, that do not necessarily involve a textbook or technology.

Over the past two and a half weeks, our Team has been working diligently, preparing for phase two of the Ministry Learn at Home directive. This continuation of learning will incorporate our educators, many who have already reached out to their students; checking in on their well being and even providing some instruction on their own initiative. I cannot thank our educators enough, these gestures further illustrate how much they care about their students and their love for their vocation, especially during this time of need.

What can you expect in the coming days regarding your child's education:

  • Principals will be reaching out to you, regarding your child's devices and connectivity within your home.
  • Educators will be checking-in.
  • Educators will provide information on next steps for the continuation of learning. They may have some questions regarding the best way to communicate with your family.
  • Instructional Videos will be located on our website to show students and parents how to connect to many of the resources we have available.
  • Please know, we do not expect students to complete the same amount of work that they would complete during a typical day. We encourage students to continue to work on their academics, however we understand that some families are going through some difficult times. The Ministry has set out the hours of school expectations, as seen above, which are still necessary - as Educators will be grading and providing report cards. *For clarification the hours indicated by the Ministry, along with work provided by the Educators, are mandatory and must be completed by students.

I would like to say thank you, for your flexibility and understanding regarding your child’s education. Know we value your time and your desire to continue your child’s education from home. We’re all in this together, and I hope soon, we will be learning again inside our classrooms at Thunder Bay Catholic.

Please take care, be safe and God Bless.

P. Tassone
Director of Education

Letter from the Minister (March 31)

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you today exactly two weeks since our government declared a State of Emergency in the province. I know this period has not been easy for you or your children, especially as the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak begin to have increasing effects on your day-to-day lives and livelihoods...

Please read more:

English | French

Learn at Home Education Portal

Today Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce made an announcement this afternoon indicating next steps in regards to Ontario Education. Together, they emphasized that it is critical to not spread this virus, we all need to do our part by staying home to flatten the curve. Social distancing, hand washing and remaining home is needed to ensure more people stay safe and healthy.

Today, they have introduced phase one of the Learn at Home Education Portal. This online tool will support families throughout this challenging time.

This is a support resource to help families immediately. If the April 6, 2020 return to school timeline were to be extended, the Ministry will provide more information on the education plan in Ontario.

It was also made clear that no student will have their graduation compromised because of COVID-19. This online learning tool will help mitigate learning loss. It was also declared that EQAO and OSSLT will be cancelled for this year, which is one less stress on our students and staff during this time.

Please read the attached Media Release, directly from the Premier’s Office.

As we continue to receive information from the Ministry regarding Ontario Education, we will share further details and resources via our website and social media channels.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time.

We hope you and your loved ones are well.














COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions.

ALL TBCDSB SITES WILL BE CLOSED (MARCH 14 - APRIL 5)

  • I am travelling out of the country with my family outside of the week of the March Break, do we need to self-isolate ?
    Yes. If you are planning a trip outside of the week of March Break, Canadians are advised by the Ministry of Health to self-isolate. This would be 14 days of isolation upon your date of arrival home. This is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus. To learn more, please visit the Thunder Bay District Health Unit site, for more information. Signs will be posted outside of our buildings indicating this procedure as well.
  • Will my son or daughter still receive Social Work Services?
    Yes. School Social workers will be working throughout the closure and reaching out to youth/families via phone support and scheduling appointments at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.
  • Will Daycares within schools and Before and After school programs be running?
    No. Closure of all Daycares and before and after school programming within our schools is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Community Use of Schools still be running?
    No. All community programming within our schools will not be running. This is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Home Instruction still be administered?
    No. All home instruction programming will be cancelled. This again is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Co-Op/OYAP and Dual Credit programming still be running?
    No. All programming within our schools will not be running. This again is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will Extracurriculars (sporting events etc.) still be running?
    No. All extracurriculars have been cancelled until further notice. This again is a preventative measure to stop the spread of this virus among our TBCDSB Family and community.
  • Will the After School Skills Development Program be running?
    The next session is scheduled to begin on April 6th however, the start date will be delayed. Once program staff have more information, they will communicate it to parents.
  • What is Deep Cleaning?
    In addition to our rigorous cleaning practices, disinfecting will take place with focus on high-touch surfaces.
  • Who can I contact during the closure?
    Please connect with us online. Schools can be contacted via email through their school website. For Board Office contact, please email communications@tbcschools.ca
  • Will my student be provided with assignments and work over the closure?
    No. With the shock of the province-wide shutdown, educators have not had adequate time to prepare to provide any homework/assignments, nor would this be expected of them at this time. We are awaiting Ministry directives on this, continue to check the Ministry of Education website for details pertaining to further educational initiatives during the closure period.
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