Secondary Campus FAQs

Secondary Campus FAQs

September 2020

What is a Learning Group/Cohort?

A learning group is a group of students and staff who remain together throughout the school quarter, semester or year and who primarily interact with each other. Learning groups were recommended by the Provincial Health Officer to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. At RCS we have established our Learning Cohorts to be the Grades, each grade being their own Learning cohort.

What is the Learning Group size limit?

The Ministry of Education has set the Stage 2 size limit for learning groups in Grades 9-12 to be at 120. Note learning groups size limits may change from Stage to Stage. At RCS since our Learning cohorts are the individual Grades, our cohort size is well within the Provincial limit.

What are Connect Groups?

We have established five Connect groups within each Grade or Learning Cohort. Connect groups are a small group of students (15-18 students) led by a classroom teacher. The purpose of the Connect groups is to build relationships, mental wellness, spiritual development, and Career Life.

How will students learn Career Life?

Students will be learning Career Life through their Connect Groups via a Blended Learning model. Meaning, they will have activities or lessons to complete online through Microsoft Teams. With the flexibility of the Blended learning model, students can work on their Career Life during their “at-home learning days”.

What is a Pod?

A Pod is a grouping of Connect Groups that come on certain days of the week to support the Hybrid program.

  • Alpha Pod comes Mondays through Wednesdays
  • Beta Pod comes Wednesdays through Fridays

What is the Hybrid Program?

The Hybrid program is available only to our Grade 10-12 students. It is structured in such a way where students are engaged in learning full-time, five days a week, but they come three days a week to help reduce density in the classrooms. Depending on their Pod, they will either be here Monday through Wednesday or Wednesday through Friday. It will involve both asynchronous and synchronous learning. Students are still expected to learn and complete assignments while working at home. Teachers will be taking attendance every day in the Hybrid program.

What is the difference between asynchronous learning and synchronous learning?

  • Asynchronous learning means that the teacher and the students in the course all engage with the course content at different times (and from different locations). The teacher provides students with a sequence of units which the students move through as their schedules permit. Each unit might make use of assigned readings or uploaded media, online quizzes, discussion boards, and more. The teacher guides the students, provides them with feedback, and assesses them as needed.
  • Synchronous learning means that the teacher and the students in the course engage with the course content and each other at the same time, but from different locations. The teacher interacts with students in real time by means of Microsoft (MS) Teams and Zoom. Teachers will be using MS Office 365 to simultaneously edit documents, and more.

What is Option B, available to the Grade 9 students?

This is designed to be a flexible option for families who are not yet comfortable with a full return to in-class instruction. This option allows face-to-face interaction with teachers and peers for only two days a week –Tuesday and Thursday. The goal is to work toward full time attendance. This is meant to be a transitional program where readiness will be determined in partnership between the school campus and family and may occur at any time throughout the year. Students will receive learning materials from teachers during the “on-site learning days” that they would work on at home during the “at-home learning days”. While at home, they will engage in mainly asynchronous learning with some synchronous learning, depending on their teacher and course. Online support will not be guaranteed for at-home learning. “At-home learning days” are under the supervision of the parent(s). “At-home learning” will not duplicate the hours in school or provide the in-depth and richness of learning as the on-site learning program.

What will happen with the students that require extra learning support?

Students that have an IEP or require extra learning support do have an option to come to school five days. The campus Educational Student Support Coordinator will contact families where we advise their child to attend every day. We do this because we want what is best for the student and set them up for success.

What will chapel look like this year?

We are committed to providing an opportunity for students to participate in chapel through the Worship Leadership class. Chapels will obviously continue to look different. With the pandemic here for a while, we will be exploring new and creative ways to structure chapel moving forward. In the meantime, we will be planning on hosting virtual chapels online through Connect Groups.

What safety precautions are in place for the school campus to ensure students and staff are safe from the COVID virus?

The campus is taking the safety of both students and staff very seriously. We are committed in following and enforcing the Provincial Guidelines for K-12 Schools. This will include the following safety measures:

  • Mandatory temperature checks every morning
  • Face coverings/masks will always be worn for the first two weeks. After which students must wear a face mask in common spaces like the library, multipurpose room, and in hallways. Students will also need to wear face masks in classrooms where there is more than one grade. Only after the two-week period students will not be required to wear a face covering or mask in the classroom where only one learning cohort (grade) is present.
  • Regular hand washing or sanitizing throughout the day.
  • Students will need to stay to the right in the hallways to create physical distancing and reduce the opportunity to contact other students.
  • High contact areas like desks, doorknobs, and keyboards will be disinfected between classes.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own device to reduce the opportunity for students to share a device. If a student requires a device for the day, they can sign one out from the library at the beginning of the day and return it at the end of the day. Library staff will ensure the devices are disinfected before each use.
  • We have established one-way flow in Phase two between the two levels. The West stairwell is for “up only”, whereas the East stairwell is “down only”.
  • Improved our signage throughout the campus including occupancy size limits for common spaces.
  • Continue practicing physical distancing with students outside their learning cohort.
  • Students riding a school bus will be wearing a mask, sitting in their own seats, loading from back to front and unloading front to back. Disinfecting and cleaning will also occur before and after each trip.

What will happen with Extra-curricular Activities?

We are working hard to provide opportunities to bring some normalcy to student life. We will be offering limited extra-curricular opportunities. Clubs like Grad Legacy and SALT will continue. Students will be participating with other students in their learning cohort. In the event learning cohorts are mixed, physical distancing and wearing a mask will be mandatory. Athletics will also continue with the plan to “train and play”, meaning there will be training opportunities and play within their learning cohorts. All interschool competition, league play and tournaments have been suspended.

What will happen to field trips?

Each field trip will be re-assessed for risk management. Some field trips may continue while others may be suspended or cancelled for the time being. According to the K-12 COVID Guidelines, outdoor field trips are preferred.

Will students be allowed to go off campus for lunch?

No. Students will not be allowed to go off campus for lunch. Students must bring their own lunch or purchase from the Eagles’ nest/Munch-a-Lunch program. Microwaves and hot water will be available.

Will students get lockers?

Yes, students will get their own locker, if required. Lockers will not be shared. They will also be grouped in the hallways according to their Connect Groups/Learning Cohort to prevent physical contact between learning groups.

How will it work for Physical Health Education (PHE) classes when students will be required to use the change room?

Students are encouraged to come to school in their PHE strip if it’s in the first block. Otherwise the PHE teacher will be staggering the change times for students in classes with more than one learning cohort.

When will the school building be open for students?

Students will be allowed into school at the first bell (8:35 am) in the morning. They will be asked to leave school by 3:30 in the afternoon, unless they are under the direct supervision with a teacher.

What are the Block Times and Rotations?

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1st Bell 8:35 am

8:45- 9:55

A

E

8:45- 10:30

A, C, E, G

C

G

10:00-11:10

B

F

D

H

11:15- 12:25

C

G

10:35- 11:15

9 & 10: Chapel

11 & 12:
Lunch

A

E

12:25- 1:10

9: Lunch
(Gym /
Phase 2 Upstairs)

10: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

11 & 12 Alpha: Connect

11 & 12 Beta: Career Ed

9: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

10: Lunch
(Gym / Phase 2 Upstairs)

11 & 12 Alpha: Connect

11 & 12 Beta: Career Ed

11:15- 11:55

9& 10:
Lunch

11 & 12: Chapel

9: Lunch
(Gym / Phase 2 Upstairs)

10: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

11 & 12 Alpha: Career Ed

11 & 12 Beta: Connect

9: Lunch
(Gym / Phase 2 Upstairs)

10: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

11 & 12 Alpha: Career Ed

11 & 12 Beta: Connect

1:15 2:00

 9: Connect

10 Alpha: Connect

10 Beta: Career Ed

11: Lunch
(Gym / Science Wing)

12: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

9: Career Ed

10 Alpha: Connect

10 Beta: Career Ed

11: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

12: Lunch
(Gym / Science Wing)

12:00- 1:45

B, D, F, H

9: Connect

10 Alpha: Career Ed

10 Beta: Connect

11: Lunch
(Gym / Science Wing)

12: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

9: Career Ed

10: Alpha: Career Ed

10 Beta: Connect

11: Lunch
(MPR / Library)

12: Lunch
(Gym / Science Wing)

2:05- 3:15

D

H

B

F

Where can students eat lunch?

Each Learning Cohort will have a different spot to each lunch that will rotate throughout the week so all students will have access to the different areas. Please see the Weekly schedule or signs posted around the school. The spots include the Gym, Mezzanine and classrooms or the Multi-purpose room and Library. Students are encouraged to eat lunch outside on the Secondary Campus property.

If I’m only at school 2 or 3 days a week, will attendance only be taken for those days?

Learning for all students will happen 5 days a week during the specified block times. Student’s attendance will be taken for each block, including Connect/Career Ed/Chapel every day for all students as mandated by the BC Ministry of Education.

How can I access Library resources?

Students received a Library orientation the first week of school to introduce them to additional online resources we have developed for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will be able to reserve books/resources online. Teachers will take their class to the Library for specific classes. Additionally, students will be able to access to Library on specific lunch hours and all students will be able to sign-out resources at the end of the school day. Students who would like to sign- out an iPad can do this at the beginning of the day before they go to their first block.

Will teachers have office hours like in the spring?

Not in the same way. Since students will be having face-to-face classes with their teachers, teachers will not have office hours. Students who have questions for their teachers are encouraged to have conversations with them when they are at school. If their question arises when the student is at home, they can send a message to their teacher on MS Teams. Teachers will be responding to these messages during their prep time between 8:05am and 3:45pm. It may take a teacher 24 hours to respond during the week or 60 hours to respond over the weekend.

How do I know what I am supposed to be doing when I am learning from home?

Students will have a MS TEAMS page for every course they are in for the 2021 school year. Teachers will be using this to post assignments, resources, and learning tasks. Students will be submitting their assignments via MS TEAMS or in paper copy to their teachers.

How do I find out how I am doing in a course?

Teachers will be assessing assignments on MS TEAMS so they students can see their grade and comment on MS TEAMS. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to ask their child to show them their assignments on MS TEAMS. Students grades will be available through formal reports in November, February and April. At any time, a student can have a conversation with their teacher about areas of strength and areas of growth to help them develop their competencies for the course.