Thursday, November 26, 2020:
Hello GDHS families,
We have reached the end of November, and the winter break is only 3 weeks away! Time passes very quickly in the Quadmester format, so please help us reinforce the importance that students stay on top of their schoolwork. We are all eagerly awaiting the upcoming break but there is still much to be covered before then, so it is important that we all stay focused. The break will certainly be well-earned when it arrives.
We are very pleased that our school continues to be a safe place for students by all metrics, regardless of what is happening in the surrounding community, region, or province. We attribute this ongoing success to the safety measures in place, and the cooperation of the parent and student community. Thank you for helping us provide a safe environment for students to attend in person here at GDHS.
Transfer to Virtual Learning
For any students wishing to transfer to the HDSB Virtual Secondary School for Quadmester 3, specific timelines and details will be provided soon in this weekly update as well as from the HDSB directly to you. For all current GDHS students, please be aware that you are expected to attend your in-school, cohort-specific classes. If you are unable to attend these morning in-person sessions you will be marked absent. To be marked present on in-person days a student has to physically attend. This is primarily for contact tracing purposes in the event a classmate tests positive for COVID-19. If not in school on an in-person day students must be marked absent by the teacher. We understand that there is concern around absences appearing on report cards. Please be assured that:
Attendance data is not part of the transcript information that is forwarded to post-secondary institutions;
Attendance data does not factor in to the decisions on final marks; and,
In the time of covid, scholarship decisions will not be based on attendance.
As all afternoon classes are virtual, students will be marked present if they engage in their online learning with their teacher during the afternoon period (1:25-3:25).
Please contact the school if you have specific questions about this process.
GDHS Website Reminder
Please remember that our website - geo.hdsb.ca, is an excellent resource. It contains staff contact information, program information, key dates, quadmester calendars, all of your guidance needs, and a wide variety of school-related information.
Reminder of PA Day
Tomorrow, November 27th, is a PD day. There will be no in-school or online classes for students tomorrow.
Schedule for Next Week
Next week students have their Quad 2 Period 1 class in the morning, and are at home for their Quad 2 Period 2 class in the afternoon. We are looking forward to seeing Cohort A in the building on Monday and Tuesday mornings next week. We look forward to seeing Cohort B in the building on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week. Please see here for a Quadmester 2 calendar overview.
Your GDHS Admin Team