Monday, January 4, 2021
(emailed to all students & families, Jan.4/2021 3:50pm)
Good Afternoon Marauders & Families,
Ministry of Education mandated closure of schools in Ontario taking
effect today Monday, January 4, 2021. Schools are to remain closed to
students following the Winter Break. Elementary schools are planned to
re-open to students on Monday, January 11, 2021. Secondary schools are
planned to re-open to students on Monday, January 25, 2021.
During these school closure periods, all classes will pivot to remote learning starting today. Remote learning will be provided for all students in alignment with Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No.164: Requirements for Remote Learning
the next three weeks, Teachers will be teaching students synchronously
(learning that happens in real time) as well as providing asynchronous
teaching (learning that is not delivered in real time-independent work).
Students are expected to be available to learn and participate in their
classes the same as if they were at school. Classroom times are
equivalent to 300 minutes/day and will typically follow the regular
daily school schedule.
ministry requirements for learning state that attendance must be taken.
Each morning at 8:00am teachers will be starting their classes and
taking attendance as they normally would do. If your child is not there,
they will be marked absent. Attendance will be edited for the afternoon
if they join later or do not return. If you know your child will not be
present for the live online programming that your teacher has set up
please contact the classroom teacher or the BMHS attendance line
Please review the following expectations with your child.
Guidelines for Students:
● Please use this link to access your school board student email account http://o365.scdsb.on.ca
● Review the Board’s Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technology Policy; (on SCDSB website)
Participate in classroom instruction and activities, and follow
established rules and routines (e.g., be on time, have learning
materials ready, homework completed);
Be punctual - daily attendance will be taken by the teacher and
students who are not on time (as determined by the teacher) will be
marked as late;
Dress appropriately and respectfully. School dress code policies will
be in effect; Students should be set up in an appropriate quiet
Respect the privacy of classmates and staff: students are not permitted
to record or take screenshots in the classroom environment (in-class or
online) without permission. The privacy of all students must be
maintained at all times;
Keep personal login information private - virtual learning environments
are intended only for those individuals who have been invited to
participate by the classroom teacher;
Use SCDSB-issued technology for education purposes only. All content
including homework, correspondence, project work, downloads and any
other documentation are considered to be the intellectual property of
the Board; and
Carefully consider your environment before sharing your camera - a
neutral background and a space free from distractions are ideal. Think
about what is behind you and what may come into view during the meeting.
to adhere to these guidelines could result in disciplinary action
including (but not be limited to): restriction and/or denial of access
to the Board’s networks; contacting appropriate legal authorities if
there is suspicion of illegal activities; and consequences as outlined
in the Board Code of Conduct, (e.g., suspension or expulsion).
Please kindly review the following Guidelines for Parents/Guardians during remote learning:
● The school office must be advised of a late attendance or absence for virtual learners;
The teacher is the person of authority in the classroom and is
responsible for establishing and maintaining class order and management;
Voicing concerns/feedback about learning content or classroom
proceedings using the chat feature or on social media is inappropriate.
Any comments should be addressed privately with the teacher;
Video/audio recording of classroom lessons or taking pictures is
strictly forbidden in order to protect the privacy of students and
Parents (and any other persons) should not be present in the learning
platform. It is not appropriate for parents to be trying to talk with
teaching staff during a live class. We want to continue to build
independence for students to navigate and problem solve the best they
can. Under no circumstance during live teaching will a parent or
guardian interrupt the proceeding of the classroom. As outlined in the
Education Acts.212(1), ‘it is an offense for any person to willfully
interrupt or disquiet the proceedings of a school or class.’ Please
contact teaching staff directly with any questions.
for all of your support during this time of the extended school
closure. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact
your child’s teacher directly or the main office at 705-435-6288 x0.
Alberto Bernardi, Principal
Banting Memorial High School
203 Victoria Street East, Alliston, ON L9R 1G5 - Tel: 705-435-6288 - Fax: 705-435-3868 - Attendance Email: email@example.com