Remote Learning January 2021

Remote Learning January 2021
Posted on 01/04/2022
The Ministry announced that all schools will move to remote learning starting January 5, 2022 until at least January 17, 2022. Read the announcement here.

Ridgemont students will follow the same calendar & timetable we had for in-person learning but virtually. Students should ensure they have checked their school email as well as Google Classroom or the VLE for instructions from your teachers about how to access the synchronous learning that will begin on Wednesday.

Google Classroom tips for Parents & Students:

Google Meet tips for parents & students:

Remote learning technical assistance from the OCDSB

We have prepared some information for families who speak Arabic and/or Somali.  Here are YouTube links to the information in video format. 

COVID Update About School Closures - Arabic

COVID Update About School Closures - Somali

Remote learning technical assistance

We have compiled a series of resources that provide step-by-step instructions for students and parents on how to use our Learning Management System, Google Classroom and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here are the links to a few of these resources. Learn more about learning remotely in the student portal and on our website.

Online Etiquette and Privacy

Online etiquette helps create a positive learning environment. Please be respectful of the privacy of other students and teachers. Please do not record the lessons, take pictures or screenshots or share/post pictures of the online class and please don’t share online work on social media platforms without first obtaining consent.

Technology support

If you need to borrow a Chromebook or an Internet hotspot, please contact your teacher or principal for details on how to make this request. Please note, hotspots are limited and are prioritized based on need (eg. rural and financial need). 

Mental Health and Well-being

The surge in Omicron and the return to remote learning has left many families and students feeling a range of emotions. For some, the news has been a welcome relief, while it has left others feeling frustrated and worried. The OCDSB mental health team has prepared some simple tips to support students and parents with well-being during remote learning. Learn more about these and other resources. 

OCDSB Learning Support Services professional staff will be checking in with all students with mental health needs on their existing case loads during the period of virtual learning. Moreover, should school staff become aware of additional students experiencing mental health needs, referrals can be made to social work and psychology staff. 

Mental health resources and supports

For services and support available to help, please reach out to the following community resources or contact your school administrator.


You may also be interested in reviewing this background information on ventilation from September, which provides information on the more than 2300 HEPA air filtration units currently in use in schools along with detailed reports on ventilation upgrades at each OCDSB school. New units are expected from the Ministry and plans are underway for deployment.

Preparing for the safe return to in-person learning

As educators support remote learning, the OCDSB will also be preparing for the return to in-person learning as early as Monday, January 17th. Ahead of this, we will share further updates on additional safety measures in place.

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