September 29th, 2020
During this first month of school, we have observed our students and become concerned that they were experiencing a sense of “overload”. Students who are involved in hockey are up very early and on the ice by 7:00 am four days each week. We understand that there are evening activities in place for students as well. This means that they are returning home to complete homework assignments and are up very late doing so.
The teachers have expressed concern for the well-being of their students and we have determined that changes need to be made.
Beginning on Monday, October 5 we will switch to a two-course timetable with classes lasting 2.5 hours. Students will be assigned two courses that they are currently enrolled in and work towards completion of these courses by November 23 when exams will be written. They will be given credit for the 23.75 hours of course time that is already completed and will therefore require 34 days to finish the credit requirements.
On November 25, students will return to the other two courses they are currently taking. We will give an additional day (35 days) to this course to allow teachers an opportunity to review the work they have already taught. Marks already earned for these courses will be included in their final marks. Including the Christmas holidays, students will write their final exams for these courses on January 27.
Although the students will have more work each day in the two subjects being taught, we hope this will be a more manageable workload both during school and after school hours. It will also mean that they are being assigned homework in only two subjects rather than four.
For non-hockey students, this may mean a slight change to their day and require them for this semester to continue until 4:15 each day. If parents wish to reconsider their early morning class, please contact the school. Students will receive their updated timetable on Friday, October 2nd.
If you have any questions regarding these plans, please feel free to contact the school at email@example.com or 905.871.5721
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