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Learning and Caring Plan
Learning and Caring Plan
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Our Learning and Caring Plan

We are committed to online learning and caring that:

  • Supports student and family well-being. This means being flexible, responding to the needs of students and families and setting reasonable timelines. Our plan makes family well-being and mental health a priority.  

  • Is inclusi​ve, caring, safe and accessible. We are committed to providing safe, caring and inclusive learning environments. This includes supporting Indigenous students and families. 

  • Supports student learning and progress. This includes regularly reviewing and providing feedback on student work. 

  • Supports all learners. We will support the learning and well-being of students with special education needs and English language learners.

  • Connects. Teachers will have regular office hours and respond to email. Students can ask questions. Families can connect about learning at home. 

Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being

Students are away from routines, friends, their teachers and school. Adults may also be feeling some anxiety or distress. Tensions within the home may be higher than usual. This is understandable. 

We all need to prioritize our mental health and well-being. We have resources and supports to help manage mental health concerns for students and families. We are apart but not alone.

Inclusive, Caring, Safe and Accessible​

Even though we are not in school, it is important that we continue to provide a caring, inclusive and safe school environment. We will continue to address student behaviour under our Caring and Safe Schools policy. This includes cyberbullying, online threats and incidents of hate and discrimination. 

We will continue to consider a range of interventions, supports and consequences to help students learn from their choices and prevent further behavioural issues. Consequences could still include suspension or expulsion. We understand that many students are experiencing increased stress. Special consideration will be taken when responding to behaviour. 

What should I do if I see inappropriate behaviour? 

  • Contact your child’s teacher and/or principal. 

  • You can use Report It to report behaviour anonymously.

  • We have information about cyberbullying and other resources on our website. 

Supporting Indigenous Students and Families

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Team is offering support to Indigenous students and families during the school closures. Recognizing that there are families who have selected to identify their children as Indigenous and some have selected to keep this information private at this time, you still have access to the following cultural teachings, resources and support services. 

  • The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Hub Google Classroom  shares upcoming events, online sessions and cultural resources related  to First Nation, Metis and Inuit cultural teaching and education. 

  • Online Elder and Knowledge Keeper Sessions includes traditional medicines with Joseph Pitawanakwat, traditional stories with Kevin Deer and traditional teaching with Rod Nettagog. 

  • Maawanjiidiwining: The parent meeting place offers specific times  to meet weekly to chat, problem solve and provide feedback to the team about ongoing needs.  

These conversations are facilitated by our First Nations, Metis and Inuit education consultants.

If you are looking for more information, please email us at

Student Learning

Learning at Home

We have tips available for students and families to support learning at home. 

Are you having trouble with the online learning platforms? We also have tip sheets to help. 

Real Time Learning

Each family situation is different. Students are not all available for learning at the same time. We have been providing learning that students can access at any time. This will continue. Some teachers may begin using real time learning in one-to-one, group or class settings. If students cannot join real time learning, teachers will make other options available. 

The government set out how much time each student should spend learning a day by grade. 

Report Cards 


All students in grades 1 to 8 will receive a final report card at the end of the school year. Kindergarten students will still receive a Kindergarten Communication of Learning report. Report cards will be based on assessment information from before March 13 when schools closed. 

Teachers will continue to assess student learning for the rest of the school year and provide feedback on progress. 


All secondary students will receive a final report card at the end of the school year. Teachers will continue to assign learning tasks, projects and culminating activities. Teachers will assess student learning to inform students about progress and mark assignments for evaluation. Results will be used by teachers to inform students’ final course marks. End of year marks can only remain the same or increase based on evidence of learning gathered from April 6 onward

Supporting All Learners

English Language Learners 

We are working with students and families to support English language learners and to identify and address barriers. During distance learning, teachers continue to:

  • Support English language development, guided by Steps to English Proficiency (STEP).

  • Adapt learning so it is flexible and accessible for English language learners.

  • Design learning that is culturally relevant and affirms students’ home languages.

  • Use appropriate multilingual resources and learning strategies.

  • Respond to learning needs and feedback from students and families.


These resources may be helpful:

Students with Special Education Needs

Teachers continue to be committed to:

  • Providing appropriate supports and individualized strategies, as appropriate for distance learning. 

  • Adapting resources for multiple learning exceptionalities.

  • Respecting families’ right to engage in selected parts of distance learning.

  • Providing real-time learning for students who cannot access online learning using electronic learning platforms.

  • Supporting staff, students and families with the use of assistive technology.

There are resources to support students with special education needs. You can also find more resources on the YRDSB Online Resources and Ontario’s Ministry of Education Learn at Home.


Stay Connected

For more information on school closures, online learning and more, please see our frequently asked questions. We will continue to share information with families as it becomes available. Visit for more information or follow us on Twitter @YRDSB or on Instagram @yrdsb.schools. ​

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