Student learning in the 2020–21 school year: COVID-19

  • Survey of students, families and school staff
  • Yukon Continuity of Learning Requirements
  • Blended learning

  1. Survey of students, families and school staff

    We’re surveying students, staff and families about the impacts of the pandemic on student learning.

    Survey questions are also developed with opportunities for input from:

    • Yukon First Nations:
    • school councils; and 
    • education partners.

    Current survey

    The 2nd Learning during COVID-19 survey opens November 23 to 30. It’s sent directly by e-mail to students, families, school staff and partners to fill out.   

    What we heard – 1st survey

    We conducted our 1st survey from July 15 to 22, 2020. Learn more and view the results.

    We’ve provided the results of this survey to:

    • school principals and staff;
    • school councils; and
    • the local First Nation.

    Follow-up survey

    A 3rd survey will be conducted in spring 2020 –21.


  2. Yukon Continuity of Learning Requirements

    Students will learn the full school curriculum. The Yukon Learning Continuity Requirements set the priorities and expectations for delivering:

    • learning; and
    • the curriculum.

    This includes:

    • guiding the delivery of blended learning in Yukon schools;
    • meeting all students where they’re at in their learning; and
    • adapting school programming and instruction.

    School principals and staff will continue to communicate and work with Yukon First Nations governments to deliver Yukon First Nations ways of knowing, doing and being learning as part of student instruction.

    Learning while self-isolating

    Students must stay home if they’re sick or have symptoms of COVID-19. If a student is unable to attend school, teachers will:

    • provide their course work as they normally would; and
    • support in their learning in a way that meets their needs.

    Student learning at each grade level

    Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3

    • Traditional direct instruction
    • Support from teachers for their learning

    Students in Grades 4–9

    • Face-to-face activities with their teachers and classmates
    • Digital activities with technology and online tools

    Whitehorse students in Grades 10–12

    • 1/2 day learning with face-to-face activities with their teachers and classmates in school
    • 1/2 day away from school with digital learning activities with technology and online tools

    Rural students in Grades 10–12

    • Face-to-face activities with their teachers and classmates
    • Digital activities with technology and online tools

    Students with disabilities or who need additional supports

    Supports will continue at school all day, every day:

    • resource programs for students with disabilities;
    • transitions programs; and
    • other programs for students needing different supports.

    School principals will work with their staff to ensure these students are supported in a way that meets:

    • their needs; and
    • the needs of their families.

    School staff will regularly communicate with parents to provide updates on student:

    • learning plans; and
    • progress.

  3. Blended learning

    As part of Yukon’s modernized curriculum, teachers and students will continue to use technology. This will develop digital literacy and skills students will need for their lives and careers. Educators will continue to build these skills with students through blended learning.

    What is blended learning?

    Blended learning combines:

    • Face-to-face teaching and learning, where students:
      • apply their knowledge;
      • deepen their understanding; and
      • show their learning with their teachers (teacher-led activities, on-the-land learning opportunities, work stations, labs, etc.).
    • Student-led learning where students use digital tools to gather information through:
      • inquiry;
      • reading;
      • research; and
      • work on assignments (online tools, resources, and collaboration).
    • Teacher support; instruction and feedback both in-person and online.
    • Students learn skills to manage some of their own learning (goal setting, organization, prioritizing, time management, etc.) with some flexibility for the:
      • time;
      • place; and
      • pace of their learning.

    What does blended learning look like?

    Blended learning will look a little different based on the:

    • grade level;
    • online and digital tools being used; and
    • students’ learning needs.

    Kindergarten to Grade 3 students

    • Learn in class at school for full days.
    • As per the curriculum, they’ll continue to learn at school in an experiential and inquiry-rich learning environment.
    • Teachers will incorporate technology when it's the most appropriate way to meet learning outcomes.

    Grades 4 to 9 students

    • Learn in class at school for full days, with:
      • some in-person activities with their teachers and classmates; and
      • some digital activities with technology and online tools.
    • Work with teachers and classmates both in-person and online.
    • Take part in project-based learning.
    • Learn and develop skills for self-directing some of their learning.
    • Learn how to progress and succeed, with some flexibility and choices to personalize their learning to:
      • their strengths; and
      • interests.

    Grades 10 to 12 students

    • At Whitehorse high schools, students learn each day through:
      • a 1/2 of in-class instruction; and
      • the other 1/2 day through at teacher-supported in-person or online study hall;
    • At other high schools, learn in class for a full day.
    • Take part in project-based learning.
    • Learn and develop skills for self-directing some of their learning.
    • Learn how to progress and succeed, with some flexibility and choices to personalize their learning to:
      • their strengths; and
      • interests.

    Some examples of digital learning in class and away from school include:

    • watching instructional videos;
    • discussing a topic online with their class;
    • working on collaborative projects and activities online;
    • completing an assignment on paper or online;
    • engaging in research; and
    • communicating with their teacher to receive feedback or guidance.

    Some examples of hands-on learning away from school include:

    • on-the-land learning; and
    • activities such as:
      • building a garden bed;
      • planting vegetables and flowers; and
      • measuring the area of the student's bedroom or house.

    Digital tools used for blended learning in Yukon

    Students will learn, communicate and collaborate with classmates and teachers through digital tools.

    Some examples of digital tools include:

    • Moodle;
    • Microsoft 365 (Teams, OneNote);
    • Google Classroom; and
    • FreshGrade

    To learn more about these tools, read the Digital tools at a glance a guide for parents and guardians.

    Role of the teacher in a blended learning setting

    With blended learning, the teacher is a coach and facilitator of learning. They:

    • lead instruction of curriculum through a variety of methods to teach knowledge, skills and competencies;
    • facilitate deep learning, discussion and collaboration;
    • differentiate and personalize learning for students;
    • assess and provide constructive feedback;
    • look at student data to adjust instructional methods; and
    • coordinate collaborative learning and projects.

    Supporting your child’s learning

    Parents and guardians may be concerned about their child returning to face-to-face classes. We’ll provide more health and safety guidance for school settings as it becomes available.

    Ensure your child has access to devices, technology and the internet away from school. If you do not have devices for your child to access, please discuss it with your school.

    Keep in contact with teachers about your child’s learning progress during the year.

    Talk to your child about using digital tools and ask them to show you what they’re learning on their devices.

    Stay up to date on school newsletters and information from teachers about:

    • learning; and
    • health and safety at your child’s school.

    Download the What is blended learning handout.

    Resources

    To learn more about blended learning, visit: