Please be advised all in-school classes are suspended at all schools under the jurisdiction of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board, effective Monday, Feb. 15 until at least Friday, Feb. 26, inclusive. This decision was made in consultation with the Provincial Government and Public Health, as part of province-wide efforts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. In-school classes in the Avalon Region were suspended last week.
Gander Collegiate will be open to staff on Monday and Tuesday to collect/prepare any materials and resources needed for online instruction. During this two-week “circuit breaker”, we will only be allowing the retrieval of a student’s technology device left at the school, or essential items required for health and safety (e.g., medications, medical equipment). Please contact the school if you have items at the school which fall within these categories. Personal items cannot be retrieved at this time.
NLESD Student Services staff will be working with schools to prepare for the learning needs of students with complex needs. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
Online instruction will begin on Wednesday, February 17th and will follow our regular PowerSchool schedule as if we were in school. Wednesday will be Day 6. Teachers will use Google Meet to interact with students every period they are scheduled. This includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Teachers will use their professional discretion to decide how this interaction may occur for their specific course. This could be a short lecture, a group discussion, small group break outs, working individually on materials provided (e.g., watch a video link and answer questions), individual conferencing, assessing for understanding, providing feedback and guidance, etc. It is not expected, nor encouraged, for students to sit at their computer for the entire school day and listen to teacher lectures. Lessons should be designed to be succinct, impactful and challenge students in the six Cs (Creativity, Communication, Character, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Citizenship).
Students and families are reminded that most personal laptops, tablets, desktop computers and smartphones can be used for online learning. You do not need a Chromebook for online learning. If you have a compatible device, including a smartphone, please do not request a Chromebook from the school at this time.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this latest unfortunate turn of events.
Suspension of In-Class Instruction
February 13, 2021
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is extending the suspension of in-class instruction to all K-12 students in all schools under its jurisdiction. This suspension is effective up to and including Friday, February 26.
Further information on virtual learning will be provided as it becomes available.
We understand this is difficult news for students and families. Understandably, there will be questions and concerns. Stay well. We will get through this together if we remain positive and focused on supporting each other and our entire school community.
Level III Students of Gander Collegiate:
Cap and gown photos will be taking place at Gander Collegiate on March 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2021. Please sign up in the main office for your cap and gown photo. All level III students are asked to sit for a photo as these will be used for the 2021 composite as well as the 2020 - 2021 yearbook.