Ottawa schools welcome back of regular semesters for high school students

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Catholic School Board welcomes news that high school students will switch back to regular semesters in February, with students taking four classes a day instead of two.

The Ontario government announced that colleges will be allowed to resume a regular scheduling model of four courses a day, starting in the second semester.

“Recognizing the high frequency of immunization among young people in our secondary schools, I am proud to announce that colleges will resume a regular schedule model with four courses a day starting in semester 2,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has been working on a quadmaster model for the current school year, with students taking two classes daily with five teaching hours per day. Quadmasters were also in place during the 2020-21 school year.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is on a modified semester system with two subjects one week and two different subjects the following week.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board says it is “encouraged” by the Ontario government’s return to semesters.

“We welcomed today’s news from the government regarding the return to a traditional 4 courses a day from February. We have advocated for this return based on feedback from students, staff and parents,” the OCSB said in a statement to CTV News Ottawa .

“Our students have already completed two of their four credits and are now completing the next two courses in the first half of the year. While a decision to move back to 4 courses a day still depends on Ottawa Public Health and the rate of spread in our community, we are encouraged by today’s announcement that this will take place in February. “

The Ottawa Catholic School Board says students will continue with the current quadmaster format until the end of January.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board says more information about a return to the semester system will be provided to students, families and staff as “planning progresses.”

“We welcome the provincial government’s decision to allow school boards to offer students a four-course second semester schedule, or in some special circumstances earlier with approval from the local health agency,” the OCDSB statement told CTV News Ottawa.

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association says the return of regular semesters is “welcome news” for students, staff and families.

“This return to a regular schedule for secondary students will improve student engagement and performance, while enabling educators to create more effective teaching and learning environments,” OPSBA President Cathy Abraham said in a statement.

With files from The Canadian Press

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