Horizon School Division, and school divisions across the province, are launching a campaign this week to keep students engaged with learning while physical classrooms remain closed. The campaign will promote graphics, information, and encouragement for students and families to continue with their learning through school division supplemental learning plans.
#TakeBackYourYear invites teachers, staff, students, families, and community members to share the hashtag on social media along with their own stories of success and encouragement for one another through this challenging situation.
"I am inspired every day by Horizon's staff, and how they have gone above and beyond to support our students' learning in this difficult situation," says Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education for Horizon School Division. "We will continue to provide opportunities and support for education in the midst of the challenges we face, and we strongly encourage students and families to continue taking advantage of these opportunities for learning in the days and weeks to come."
Horizon School Division has been offering teacher-directed supplemental learning for students since April 20, 2020. Staff have been connecting with families and students to determine each individual's learning needs, and developing course work to support them.
Supplemental learning offers students a chance to improve their mark, but there is no risk of their mark going down. The learning schedule, lessons, and course work are flexible to accommodate the needs of each family and student. Teachers are ready and able to provide support. School divisions believe that staying engaged with teacher-directed learning right now will help with a smooth transition to a student's future – whether that's a return to the classroom, post-secondary learning, or the workforce after high school. Supplemental learning is also a positive way for students to stay in contact with classmates and friends.
Students and families who originally opted out of supplemental learning are encouraged to reach out to their teacher or school if they have further questions and/or choose to participate.
"We cannot thank our students and families enough for their truly incredible efforts to stay connected to learning so far," Mr. Garinger says. "Remote learning can be a challenge for us all, but I take comfort in knowing we are in this together with our incredible families, communities and partners. Horizon School Division is here for you."