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At the Abbotsford School District, the health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, and Fraser Health to provide you with the very latest information on COVID-19. To learn more, review the district's Pandemic Plan.

Restart Strategy for 2020-2021

Abbotsford School District has developed its restart strategy (called "Toti:ltcha" or Future Learning Plan), so families know what to expect in schools across the district. Our strategy is developed around the key features related to health, safety, teaching and learning. Plans for each school will be developed in alignment with Toti:ltcha. In order to develop appropriate school plans the district needs to know the number of families that are planning on returning to school in-person.

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Additional Resources:

Elementary Schools - Fact Sheet & Sample Schedule
Middle Schools - Fact Sheet & Sample Schedule
Secondary Schools - Fact Sheet & Sample Schedule
Transition Program - Elementary & Middle - Fact Sheet
Transition Program - Secondary - Fact Sheet

FAQs - Transition Program

Updated: September 3, 2020

Program Basics

Q: Will the Transition Program include online learning?

Yes. The Transition Program is a combination of online and in-class learning, meaning that students will be taught both at-home online and in-school face-to-face. It is important to note, some of the online learning will be in the form of online support and not an entire online lesson.

Q. Why isn’t there a full-time online only option available for students through my child’s existing school, like we had in the Spring?

Our District and the Ministry of Education believe in-class instruction is best for most students in helping them achieve success. In line with the Ministry of Education’s direction, our hope is for students to attend full time in-class or gradually transition to full-time face-to-face instruction.

For those families that do not intend to return to their catchment school at all for the 2020-2021 school year, the District is continuing to look into other opportunities in our Distributed Learning program through Abbotsford Virtual School (AVS). Our staff will continue to consult with families and assess the interest for a full-time online learning option for Kindergarten to Grade 9.

Q. Will my child be able to remain enrolled in their existing school if I choose the Transition Program as an option?

Elementary/Middle School
Yes. Families will remain enrolled in their existing school while they are in the Transition Program. However, families must re-affirm their commitment to the Transition Program by mid-December 2020 (the start of the next term after winter break) if their child will stay at their existing school. Students wishing to remain at their existing school are expected to attend full-time in-class instruction by January 5, 2021.

Secondary School
Yes. Families will remain enrolled in their existing school while they are in this program. Note: The above applies for district programs. If your child is in a district program and plans on leaving the school in January or at any point after, they will no longer be enrolled in that district program. Thereafter, if your child wishes to return the following year, the family must re-register for that district program. The District cannot guarantee a space will be available.

Q. Will my child be able to return to in-class instruction at any time while in the Transition Program?

Elementary/Middle School
No. Once a student is in the Transition Program, they must remain in the model until December 18, 2020. This is to ensure the integrity of our cohort system and help schools adhere to provincial health and safety guidelines. Switching to a pre-existing in-class division during the school year will be based on available space.

Secondary School
Students in grades 10-12 will be able to decide to return to full-time in-class instruction (in consultation with their school) before the end of the first quarter (November 17). Students in grade 9 will be eligible to return at the end of the second quarter (January 31). Secondary schools will be providing more information.

Q. Will my child be able to switch between the Transition Program and in-class instruction multiple times in the year?

Elementary/Middle School
No. Once a student is in the Transition Program, they must remain there until December 18. This is to ensure the integrity of our cohort and help schools adhere to provincial health and safety guidelines.

Secondary School
Yes. Students in grades 10-12 will be able to decide to return to full-time in-class instruction (in consultation with their school) before the end of each quarter. Secondary schools will be providing more information.

Q. What should I do if I want to register my child in the Transition Program even though I indicated they would return to full-time in-class instruction in September?

Please contact your child’s school to discuss your return to school plan.

Q. If schools have not heard from families about a choice will they be automatically registered for face to face instruction?

Yes. Please contact your child’s school as soon as possible to confirm your learning option.

Q. Will the District loan electronic devices needed for at-home learning to assist students in the Transition Model?

Families will be expected to provide their own devices. However, as always, our District will work with families to support their needs with regards to technology and devices. If you require support, please contact your child’s school for more information.

Teaching & Learning

Q. Will my child have the same teacher while in the Transition Program, meaning will the same teacher be delivering instruction online and in-class?

Yes, in the elementary and middle school level. This is not the case in the secondary school level. Students at the secondary level will learn with their classroom teacher and with support from another teacher at AVS.

Q. Will my child have the same teacher when they return to in-class instruction full-time in January, meaning will their Transition Program teacher also transition and become their in-class teacher full-time?

Elementary/Middle School
It depends on the school and number of students in the program (regional vs. school specific). Most students will remain with the same (multi-grade learning group) class they started the school year with and the same teacher for the duration of the school year.

Secondary School
No. The transition teacher will remain at AVS.

Q. Will my child be with students in the same grade while in the Transition Program? After the Transition Program?

Elementary/Middle School
No, students will be mixed in a multi-grade learning group while in the Transition Program. In January, students may remain in a multi-grade learning group when they return to full-time in class instruction.

Secondary School
The support teacher may be required to support students in multi-grade learning groups.

Q. Will my child with diverse abilities be supported in the Transition Program?

Students with diverse abilities will receive equitable access within the Transition Program. Learning Support Teachers will collaborate with parents and Transition Program teachers to develop and implement Individual Education Plans (IEP).

District staff will deliver enhanced services and consultation virtually when they are at home, and face-to-face when they are physically in-school. District staff will not deliver enhanced service supports in the home.

Q. Will secondary students who choose distributed learning at AVS retain their space in the school?

Yes. Students will be given an opportunity to re-enroll at the end of each quarter. Students in grade 9 will be eligible to return at the end of the second quarter (January 31).

District Programs

Q. If my child attends a district program (Integrated Arts Program, Traditional, French Immersion, Nature Kindergarten, Academies)? Is the Transition Program available?

Decisions for district programs will be based on the availability of specialty staff and will be made after the first week of school. Please contact your school for details about how your child’s needs will be supported.

Student Registration & Enrollment

Q. Once the school is configured and classes are established, how will new students be safely enrolled in face to face and transition programs.

Students who are new to the district will follow the standard transfer process. Where space is available in a neighbourhood school, they will be assigned to a new class. Where space is not available, they may be placed in the next available class (e.g., in a neighbouring school) in keeping with our cohort model.