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Cyber School Online Learning

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Students in kindergarten through Grade 12 registered with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools will be able to access online learning through Greater Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School during the 2021-22 school year. Read our Safe School Plan 2021-22.

Elementary Online Learning: kindergarten – Grade 8

In the Elementary Online Learning Program, students will be grouped by grade (from multiple school communities) and assigned to a teacher. The online content addresses all curricular outcomes for each grade level. Content is provided through both synchronous (the teacher is online with the students at the same time) and asynchronous (students access course content on their own at any time) delivery models. The content delivered through the synchronous model provides access to learning opportunities within all subject areas as outlined within Saskatchewan curricula. Assignments will be graded and progress reports will be provided in a similar fashion to face-to-face courses.

Process to access Elementary Online Learning: kindergarten – Grade 8

Parents must notify your local school by August 30, 2021, that you want to register for the Elementary Online Learning Program. Our Cyber School staff will follow-up with you shortly after notification. Students who choose the online option will be placed into a virtual classroom and assigned a teacher. The establishment of virtual classrooms will take place early September and will lag behind the face-to-face classrooms. By the first week of September, all students who elect to take the Elementary Online Learning Program will be contacted by their online teacher. 

Note that the opportunity to enter online learning will take place in mid-late August and the only time to re-enter face to face learning will be at the December break. Elementary students opting into online will not be allowed to transition back to face-to-face education during any other time of the school year.

High School Online Learning: Grades 9 – 12

The High School Online Learning Program provides an online learning option for all required high school courses as well as many elective courses. The courses provide Saskatchewan curricula through an online, asynchronous delivery model (students access course content on their own at any time). Students work through the content with the support of a teacher. Assignments are graded and marks provided. Regular credit is granted upon successful completion.

Process to access the High School Online Learning Program: Grades 9-12

Parents are to register their child at their local high school and notify administration that their child will be taking classes through the High School Online Learning Program. Schools will provide direction for registering for the program.

For more information contact the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Saskatchewan curriculum being taught? 

Yes, the content follows the Saskatchewan curricula and is taught by Saskatchewan licensed teachers. Credits earned are parallel to face-to-face credits.

Can my child re-enter face-to-face courses for grades K-8? 

Yes, re-entry into face-to-face courses is possible. However, the only time of the year that we are allowing this transition to take place is over Christmas holidays. Students who sign up for online learning in the fall will have to commit to online learning until at least the December break.

Can my Grade K-8 child join the Elementary Online Learning Program mid-year? 

Yes. As with the previous question, the time identified for students to transition to online learning mid-year is over the Christmas break.

Does the school division provide the hardware such as a laptop? 

No, the division does not provide hardware. However, in order to support equitable access to online learning, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools may make technology available to students, depending on the availability of refurbished equipment.

As a parent, do I have to teach my Grade K-8 child in the Elementary Online Learning Program? 

The Elementary Online Learning Program will provide both synchronous (the teacher online with the students at the same time) and asynchronous (student accessing course content on their own) opportunities. While the teacher will provide the learning opportunities, as with face-to-face classes, parental support and encouragement is vital to student success. This is particularly true in an online learning environment and even more important for younger students when they have work to complete. 

Is there a way to have my child do online learning and be with a cohort of children from their own school?

No. The complexity in scheduling students and staff in both online learning and face-to-face classes does not allow this. Families who choose to enroll in online learning will receive information from their virtual teacher. Parents are encouraged to stay in touch with their home schools by visiting their school website and reading school news. 

When do Elementary Online Learning Program courses take place? 

The school day will follow a regular elementary school schedule. For the synchronous learning portion, schedules will be provided to families for planning purposes. The asynchronous portions can be done according to the home schedule. It is important to note that the teachers will be using a combination of large group, small group, and individual synchronous activities. Students will not be engaged in synchronous activities for full days. 

Will Online Learning be available in French, Cree, Michif and Ukrainian? 

At this time, we may not be able to offer complete online elementary-level courses for French, Cree, Michif or Ukrainian. If there is enough demand, we will create online French, Cree, Michif or Ukrainian cohorts (groups of students in the same grade from various schools) that can provide instruction in French, Cree, Michif or Ukrainian. This decision will be made based on the number of registrations for these programs. If the programming is not able to be offered, students will still have the option to learn online within an English cohort or return to face-to-face learning at their school.

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