- Exam Proctoring Policy Change
In light of COVID-19 we have reviewed our exam proctoring policy.
Based on current social distancing guidelines we have decided to move from in person proctoring to a web based service called Proctorio. Our exams will still be scheduled and information will be posted on the homepage of each course by November 3rd. This software will permit students to complete their exams in the same location they typically complete their course work. When students start their exam they will have to complete a security screening where they authorize their computer to share their webcam and screen with us, then they will experience the same exam/test process they are used to seeing. This will eliminate the need for families to submit proctor forms or secure their own proctors.
We will be providing information in the Student Guide on how to access Proctorio. We will post an announcement when we have added this information.
Students will need to use a windows, mac or chrome OS computer with a chrome browser installed. They will also be required to have a webcam and microphone in order to take their final exams. Ipads and tablets cannot be used for final exams.
Teachers will be providing students with an opportunity to complete a test or quiz prior to the exam using this new software. This will allow students to ensure they are comfortable with the software before writing their final exam.
What if I have trouble with the screening process?
There will be a chat function on the screen that students can click on to receive live support with getting the exam started.
Is someone watching me while I take my exam?
No. If your institution requires video, audio, or screen capture, Proctorio will store that data and provide an automated suspicion report to your instructor. No Proctorio employee has access to this data.
Who can view my exam recordings?
Only authorized school officials can unlock and view the exam recordings, not Proctorio. Additionally, our state-of-the-art, double-encryption technology ensures that all of your exam data is safe from hackers.
- Terry Fox
Once again, our school will be participating in the Terry Fox School challenge! We have taken part in this fundraiser for the last four years and we have raised over $7600! The Marathon of Hope is celebrating its 40th year in 2020 and this year, the Run’s theme is “One Day. Your Way.” Due to public health concerns, the organization is requesting that no large groups of people get together.
We are challenging students to get out and walk/run/bike/skate/hike/wheel in support of the Terry Fox Foundation and help raise money to support cancer.
On October 9th at 12 pm we would like all participating students to get outside and walk/run/bike/skate/hike/wheel for the challenge.
If you would like to register or donate on behalf of the school please visit our school's fundraising page.
- Login Issues
Attention all returning and new students:
If you are experiencing login issues at our site, please review the following instructions: Accessing the Virtual Learning Centre
All students including new and returning students were emailed the above instructions when they were added to each of their courses.
Returning students should be using their email@example.com account.
firstname.lastname@example.org accounts are no longer valid.
- Registration is now closed for Semester 1
Registration for Semester 2 - 2020-2021 will open mid to late October. An announcement will be posted on the main website.
- New Student Orientation Meetings During First Week
There will be several meetings held throughout the first week of school by our Student Services teacher, Mrs. Kuypers, welcoming new students and helping them navigate their way through our program.
Meetings are scheduled on:
Tuesday, September 8th at 2 pm
Wednesday, September 9th at 10:40 am
Wednesday, September 9th at 2 pm
Students only need to attend one meeting - these are optional but recommended. If they cannot make a meeting they can watch the recording.
There will also be a drop-in session on Friday, September 11th at 12 pm where students can ask general questions about the program.
Students can find out more details in the Student Guide announcement: "Welcome! From Student Services" when they are placed into the Student Guide course.
Students will be added throughout the week of September 8th into the Student Guide and their course(s) and they will receive an email letting them know when they have been added. Be sure to check your junk mail. Please do not contact the office for details.
- Semester 1 Start-Up Information
Based on the information provided by the Ministry of Education, students will be starting school on September 8th with the VLC running normally. Each course will run for 75 minutes from Monday to Friday and students will be expected to participate fully in their courses. This means that if a student is taking four courses with us they would be completing 300 minutes of work per day.
Students will begin to have access to courses starting Tuesday, September 8th. Courses will continue to be opened throughout the week of September 8th. As each course is loaded, it will appear on the student’s dashboard. Please do not contact the office via telephone or email for your login credentials or timetables. Login credentials will be emailed when your courses begin and timetable information will be provided in each of your courses.
If students would like to review their course selections, they may log in to their profiles on our website.
Timetables and teaching assignments will not be available until courses begin throughout the week of September 8, 2020.
Please monitor emails and this website for more information.
- Summer School July 2020
VLC Summer School begins Thursday July 2nd, 2020.
Please check email for log in credentials.
Check regularly for access. All students should work through the Summer Student Guide course. There will be no live classes on Thursday July 2nd, however, schedules will be posted on course home pages.
- Late Application Date - June 12, 2020
Applications submitted after June 12th are considered late. Any support documentation received after June 12th is also considered late. Please check your email and junk mail for requests from our office.
Late applications will be reviewed beginning the week of August 24th.
- Change in VLC Principal
Mr. Cadeau-Mark has been appointed as VLC Principal as Mr. Roffe has accepted a new assignment with Trillium Lakelands DSB. Please see the farewell announcement in the Student Guide.
- Fall Registration Update
Our office is currently closed due to COVID-19.
We are reviewing applications and further instructions will be sent via email.
Please ensure that you have uploaded all requested documentation. Applications will not move forward until the requested support documentation has been received. Please do not email or call our office to confirm receipt of documents. Applicants can login to their application/profile to review what has been received. Documents that are received will be confirmed when they have been reviewed this may take 4-6 business days.
Thank you for your patience.
- Summer School Registration --July 2020
VLC will be offering GLC2O (Careers) and CHV2O (Civics) via summer school.
Registration will open on Wednesday, May 6th at 10:00 am and close Wednesday, May 20 at 4pm.
Summer school will begin July 2nd and run to July 30th, 2020.
No live classes on July 2nd. Students must login daily.
GLC2O 9:30 - 10:45 am (3 days per week - days to be confirmed)
CHV2O 11:30 am - 12:45 pm (3 days per week - days to be confirmed)
Remaining course hours will be completed asynchronously.
GLC2O exam is July 29th at 8:30 am
CHV2O exam is July 29th at 11:00 am
Please note even if we are still practicing social distancing the course work will not be reduced.
Students must be available to write the exam on the scheduled day and at
the scheduled time and have a proctor. No exceptions.
All courses will run based on sufficient enrolment and availability of staff.
- Semester 1 Registration -- September 2020
CURRENT VLC students should check the Student Guide announcements for information.
Registration for NEW students opens April 24th at 10:00 AM.
- Welcome Back
Welcome back all students. The entire staff is very excited to be seeing everyone again! Please note that the office is currently closed and the best way to get a hold of staff is to email them directly. For office inquiries please email email@example.com. Please note at this time the office cannot process all requests as we are working remotely.
- Civic (CHV2O) and Careers (GLC2O) update
For any students who are currently enrolled in Civics (CHV2O) please note you will not have an exam for this course and it will complete on Thursday, April 9th, 2020. If you are enrolled to start Careers (GLC2O) please note that this will start as scheduled on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Please watch for a message from your teacher Tuesday Morning. Your first live class with be Tuesday, April 14th at 3:15pm.
- March 31, 2020 Important School Update
I am confirming the news from the Minister of Education that our school will remain closed until at least May 4, 2020 as part of the provincial effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19.
We have been working with the school board on a plan so that learning can continue while students are at home. Information about the tldsb.ca/homelearning/ plan may be found on the TLDSB website. Information will continue to be added to this page so please check back regularly.
Starting next week we will be bring classes back online in a reduced format in alignment with ministry expectations. We want to be sure that our at home learning plan is as successful for your child as possible. If your child is not ready to start Virtual Learning Centre classes on Monday please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further options. As a reminder students will need a computer with a reliable internet connection.
I know this is a very stressful time for all members of our school community right now - our students, our staff, and their families. Your well-being must continue to be your first priority. Please reach out to myself if you have any questions or concerns.
- School Closure
The Ontario government stated that all publicly funded schools in Ontario are ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5. This means that Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools including the Virtual Learning Centre (VLC) and Open School (OS) will be closed for two additional weeks following the March Break.
During this time there will be no new modules, online classes, or open office hours for students. If a student has a due date already set during this closure it will be extended until we return. Our office will be closed during this time and we will not be responding to emails.
The OSSLT scheduled for March 31st has also been cancelled as schools will be closed.
For all COVID-19 updates visit the board website tldsb.ca/covid19/.
We will be updating the VLC website and student guide as information becomes available.
- Important information about novel coronavirus COVID-19 and school closures.
The Ontario government has ordered that all publicly funded schools in Ontario remain closed from March 14 through to April 5. We are currently working with our school board to plan out how this will affect the Virtual Learning Centre and details will be posted on the website as they come available. Please do not contact the office for details as we will provide details on our website and student guide as they become available.
- March Break
Happy March Break to all VLC students and families. We hope the weather is kind and you get to take a break from the computers!
The VLC Office will be closed from March 16th to 20th.
- Teachers' Strike Confirmed Today
All Trillium Lakelands DSB secondary schools including VLC are closed today, Thursday , March 5, 2020, due to a legal, one day strike.
- Potential 1 Day Strike March 5th, 2020
OSSTF has announced another round of potential teacher strikes in its labour dispute with the Ministry of Education. This ONE day strike will impact Trillium Lakelands DSB secondary schools including the Virtual Learning Centre.
If the strike goes ahead, VLC will be closed on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
More information will be posted on the VLC website and in the Student Guide course announcements as it becomes available.