The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board has a new hybrid model of learning that will see in-school and virtual learners combined in the same class with the same homeroom teacher.
This new model will begin for students in Grades 9 to 12 as of November 12.
“Offering two different models of education, in-class and on-line, was new for everyone,” said Interim Director of Education Catherine McCullough. “Now that we are almost two months into our reality, we have learned what works well and what needs to be adjusted. The bottom line is that our current virtual school model is not sustainable.”
“We have received more requests to switch from in-class to virtual or vice-versa than we anticipated and we simply cannot accommodate these changes within our current model,” continued McCullough. “We have an obligation to meet the needs of our families who want to make changes to their mode of learning, but we must do so in a way that is feasible and sustainable in the long-term. This model will make it easier for students to return to in-class learning.”
To date, the board has received close to 700 requests for students to switch from in-class to virtual learning or vice versa. It is hoped the introduction of the new model will limit disruptions and ensure classes don’t have to be restructured further during the board’s transition dates in January and April.