Northwest 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.
"Supplemental learning is about more than class work," said Northwest School Division Director of Education, Duane Hauk. "Staying engaged with the school also allows students to connect with their peers and supports positive mental health. We know that learning from home can be challenging, and that's why supplemental learning is designed to meet students where they are, with the technology and resources that they have."
Northwest 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. 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.
"Our staff are here to support students," said Hauk. "It's not too late to re-engage with your learning and take back you year."
For more on the #TakeBackYourYear campaign, visit Northwest School Division's website, www.nwsd.ca, and social media pages.