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Welcome to the Grand Erie Virtual Academy
Letter to Elementary and Secondary School Virtual Academy Parents
Read Grand Erie's letter to Elementary and Secondary School Virtual Academy Parents:
The following information is meant to help ensure your child(ren) has an outstanding year of learning. Although things will look different this year, we know with your positive support, we will create an amazing learning community for our students. We are excited to welcome your child to the new Grand Erie Virtual Academy. The Grand Erie Virtual Academy was created for the 2020-21 school year for families who have chosen to have their children learn online. There will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning each school day.
A term used to describe all types of learning where students and their teacher are in different locations but connecting at the same time. This includes live online lessons, small-group instruction, individual conferencing, and scheduled teacher support when students and parents can access the classroom teacher.
Refers to all types of learning in which students and teachers are not in the same place at the same time. This includes video recordings of lessons and activities, posted assignments and independent learning from home.
Your supervision and assistance are key to your child’s success. In addition to your help, your child will be supported by specific classroom teachers through D2L (Desire to Learn), our virtual learning environment. Unlike the at-home learning that took place in the spring of 2020, classroom online learning requires students to meet all outcomes of the Ontario Curriculum.
As always, teachers will be focused on delivering the Ontario Curriculum. The school day will be divided into eight periods with all subjects taught. The majority of your child’s subjects will be taught by their homeroom teacher.
Our staff, including teachers, Learning Resource Teachers, and Educational Assistants will be supporting your child during the 2020-21 school year. This includes meeting their needs as outlined in your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Mental Health & Well-Being
An important part of transitioning your child back to school is to focus on their social-emotional learning skills. This will help them build resilience, manage their stress, and foster positive relationships. Our Mental Health and Well-Being staff have teacher-led activities that will help your child have a smooth transition to school and online learning. Grand Erie Virtual Academy students will also have access to Child and Youth Workers and Social Worker support as needed..
Lori Barkans and Laurie Murray
For Virtual Academy Elementary questions, please email:
David MacDonald and Greg Carruthers
For Virtual Academy Secondary questions, please email: