Updates and Information for Families
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Dear Heritage Families,
As the Provincial Government has decided to extend the closure of schools, we are ready to move forward with Phase 2. Our staff have been hard at work preparing their individual platforms to ensure students receive the tools and information they require to stay on track. We will continue to adapt and modify our platforms based on our student’s specific needs and look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible.
Phase 2 of our Junior Online Learning Plan
The next phase of our online learning platform will begin on Monday, April 6th, 2020. As schools will remain closed for at least the next month we have adjusted our approach to facilitate online learning classrooms. Please be patient as we work out the kinks.
All teachers will be using an online classroom platform and zoom for communication and meetings
Grades 1-3 SeeSaw
Grades 4-8 Edmodo
Grades 1-8 Zoom (for video meetings)
For more details on the Online Learning Plan, refer to the April 1st communiqué.
Phase 2 of our Senior Online Learning Plan
The next phase of our online learning platform will begin on Monday, April 6th, 2020. As schools will remain closed for at least the next month we have adjusted our approach to facilitate online learning classrooms.
All teachers will be using an online classroom platform and zoom for communication and meetings, these have already been set up and students should be using Edmodo starting today.
Grades 9-12 Zoom (for video meetings)
Grades 9-12 Edmodo (for classroom pages)
For more details on the Online Learning Plan, refer to the April 1 st communiqué.
S.M.T. Individual Online Sessions
S.M.T. sessions will begin again next week, if your student had SMT from 8:15 - 9:00 or 3:15 -4:00 those times and sessions will be starting back up again.
Students will receive a message from their SMT educator. Sessions will be held on Zoom.
If your child had SMT between 9:00 and 3:15 they will have their session based on a 2 day
alternating schedule. Students will receive a message from their SMT educator with the time
and details of their sessions.
Best wishes to all our families.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Dear Heritage Academy Families
We hope that our families and their loved ones are managing well during these challenging times.
We wanted to share the most recent information from the Ministry of Education.
As you know, all schools remain closed until April 5th, 2020. There are many questions about what happens after that date. We are developing a plan to prepare for a possible extended closure if that is necessary based on public health advice. We will continue to keep you updated on this.
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 year. For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement as set out in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 will be waived. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
We will be working with all families to ensure that all students are able to complete their work and meet the necessary requirements to move on to the next grade level.
Teachers have been looking at the different options to support their classes and will be deciding which online platforms will be best to utilize if the closures extend past April 5th. We are committed to assisting each student in meeting their requirements to move on to the next grade level. There are a variety of wonderful options available so please bare with us as we solidify the best one for our student body.
We know that this is a stressful time for families. We are committed to developing resources to help.
Here are some online resources that address anxiety relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We will provide updates on a regular basis as new information becomes available.
All teachers will be emailing home Monday morning to provide families with further details.
Our families health and safety is our number one priority at this time. We will all get through this together.
Please stay well and practice the guidance of Ottawa Public Health in terms of social distancing and self-isolation as required.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians
As you are likely aware, the Ministry of Education has closed all public schools for two weeks following the upcoming March break.
Heritage Academy will be closed until April 5th following the direction from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer.
Teachers have been asked to prepare work for their students and to provide material via email upon our return from March Break.
We want to ensure that our students do not fall behind while working from home during this time.
We will be sending a follow-up email to all families on March 23rd with further instructions.