COVID-19 Continuity of Learning- Student Course Information 2019-20 School Year

Information for All Grade 10-12 Students and Adult Learners – Excerpt from the Ministry of Education “Continuity of Learning Planning Guide for Teachers”

The health and safety of students, staff, and their families is the highest priority during this unique time. The Ministry and Charles Hays Secondary School are committed to ensuring continuity of learning leading to final marks for all students, and graduation for those eligible.

  • For students in grades 10 and 11, ours school will focus on courses in the subject areas required for graduation. Please keep in mind, electives are often required for graduation.
  • For students in grade 12 on track to graduate this year, the focus should be on the total 80 credits needed for graduation.
  • For adults pursuing the Adult Dogwood, the focus should be on the 20 required credits.

As stated in the Minister’s letter to all parents, guardians and school/school district staff, it is expected that schools will implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students. The suspension of in-class instruction means learning will continue in a different form for most students. At Charles Hays learning will be delivered in a variety of ways.  Some of the courses will be online, some via email, and some on paper.  We will be considering each student’s access to technology and specific needs for graduation.

  • Every student eligible to graduate this year will graduate. To be eligible to graduate means that if a student were to successfully complete courses underway and in progress for completion this June, they would satisfy all graduation requirements. This does not mean that students will graduate “no matter what”. Students are expected to continue their learning and complete the assignments set out by their teachers in order to graduate.


The Ministry is not mandating or specifying the minimum number of hours that must be completed for a student to receive credit for a grade 10, 11, or 12 courses. The focus is on determining if, and how, sufficient learning has taken place during these exceptional circumstances.

Sufficient learning will be determined by:

  • Teachers using their professional judgement. Grounded in the curriculum, teachers will assess what individual students know, understand, and are able to demonstrate to determine whether sufficient learning has taken place to enable the student to pursue further learning in the curricular and content area.
  • To do this, teachers should prioritize which learning standards can be learned from home, with particular emphasis on the development of a student’s literacy, numeracy, and Core Competencies.

Teachers are empowered to determine a final grade for students based on work completed to-date and the assessment of participation in learning opportunities that will occur over the coming months.

Teachers will work with students to fulfill course requirements according to their school/school district plans during the suspension of in-class instruction. In doing so, they will consider those students whose learning needs or circumstances may require unique approaches.


Elective Courses

Elective courses are still of significant importance to students.  Teachers are planning creative ways to deliver this curriculum.

For elective courses with unique challenges, teachers have the discretion to provide a passing grade if sufficient learning has been achieved.

For elective courses where a student’s receipt of an “incomplete” grade would result in the student not graduating, teachers are encouraged to support and appropriately assess the student’s achievement in that subject to ensure suitable credit is awarded.


What students can do to ensure they achieve a passing grade through sufficient learning?

  • Make contact with their Trimester 3 teachers via email.
  • Check the Charles Hays Secondary Website under the top tap COVID-19 Continuity of Learning- Student Course Information. All teachers are listed, as are their modes of curriculum delivery.
  • Complete any “I” work that is outstanding from Trimester 2 courses to achieve a passing grade in those courses.
  • Participate in the learning opportunities provided by their Trimester 3 teachers.
  • Review their grades from Trimester 1 and 2 and track your progress along the graduation pathway. Please keep in mind, there are specific graduation requirements related to courses taken and credits earned.


Information Specific to All Graduating Students

  • Teachers will work with students to fulfill the requirements of Career Life Connections, including the capstone project. Teachers will use their professional judgement in determining student marks and the granting of graduation credit for these requirements.
  • For capstone projects, students should be able to complete many aspects of the self-assessment and critical analysis, as well as the planning for capstone representation. Recognizing they may not have access to specific samples of work or other important elements needed for their capstone presentations, efforts to innovate under the current circumstances should be recognized. Students can be given many different options and significant flexibility regarding how to design and present a more limited capstone via alternative methods such as videoconference or teleconference.


Graduation Assessments

The previously scheduled April 2020 graduation assessment administration is cancelled. The Ministry is committed to ensuring the success of all students and is weighing many factors to minimize the impact of this cancellation on students. Particular attention is being paid to assessing a range of alternatives for those grade 12 students who have not completed the Numeracy 10 Assessment required for graduation but who are otherwise on track to graduate this school year.