RVS Online Learning


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Online Learning ButtonStudents who enroll in RVS Online Learning are limited to only RVS Online courses. These students do not take any classes face-to-face inside of their school building. This is different than temporary at-home learning, which is for students who are registered to take their classes face-to-face in school and due to Government of Alberta direction are required to learn at home for a short period of time. Click here for an overview about our RVS Online Learning offering or read on for further information.

What is RVS Online Learning?

Students are taught through a combination of real-time online video interaction and instruction, online activities/resources, pre-recorded videos, and through independent work. All learning outcomes for the grade and each subject will be covered and assessed. Lesson plans and learning materials are made available via Google Suite (Gr. 1-4) and Moodle (Gr. 5 -12).

Students are not expected to be online all day. There will also be opportunities for students to work at their own pace within the day, week or topic. Teachers will be available online during the school day to answer questions, problem solve with a student, or provide feedback during task completion.

  • Gr. 1 – 8/9*: The teacher will provide a daily schedule, including a minimum of two real-time online video sessions each day, which may be whole class, small group or one-on-one.
  • Gr. 9*/10 – 12: Students will be supported through video sessions/tutorials with their online teachers, including a minimum of two real-time online video sessions per course per week. Schedules for these sessions and expectations for student participation will be provided by the teacher.

Students and parents will receive ongoing teacher feedback on student performance. Your child will remain a member of their school community and their principal will remain your point of contact for supports from the school. Please note, online learning is not available to Kindergarten students.

* Grade 9s at Chestermere Lake Middle School, Indus, Langdon, W.G. Murdoch, Prince of Peace and Beiseker will engage in weekly learning plans like their peers from their school; Gr. 9s in Gr. 9 – 12 high schools will engage in courses like their peers from their school.

What will instruction look like?

We believe that the children are born innovators and the best learning experiences come from a place of connection, well-being and support. Just as we do in our regular classrooms, we work with families and communities to ensure students’ basic needs are met and guide them to acquire and practice fundamental math, reading and science skills.

At the beginning, teachers will perform formative assessments to find out where each child is at in terms of learning, and design instruction to help meet them where they are. Just as lessons in a brick-and-mortar school are designed within an instructional framework, online learning instruction will follow a consistent and purposeful instructional design connected to the same learning outcomes for each grade and subject. These learning outcomes will be taught and assessed as they would be for students in regular classes. The first few weeks will emphasize interaction and relationship building with their peers and teachers.

French Immersion is offered at all grade levels (Gr. 1 – 12) and faith-based programming (Gr. 1 – 9) through RVS Online Learning. Based on resourcing needs and enrolment numbers, these programs will feature some blended classes, including students from multiple grades within one online class. Your child will continue to be registered in their designated school during RVS online learning. Your child’s principal will remain the same as well as the existing supports within your community school.

Curriculum and hours of learning

Gr. 1 – 4 students

  • All core curriculum and outcomes in the Program of Studies will be covered for each grade: English
  • Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education.
  • The average hours of work per student per week will be similar to those students attending in-class learning. For example, a typical day could begin with a video class meeting at 9 a.m., independent activities and work until 11:30 a.m., a break for lunch, a video class meeting at 1 p.m. and independent activities and work until 3 p.m. Your child’s teacher(s) will communicate their weekly learning plans each week, which will outline any video class sessions and notes for the week.
  • Students will be expected to be online with their class at least twice a day for synchronous instruction.
  • Students will also be expected to complete assignments independently and/or with family support.


Gr. 5 – 8/9* students

  • All core curriculum and outcomes in the Program of Studies will be covered for each grade: English
  • Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education.
  • Complementary (optional) courses will be added for the fourth term.
  • The average hours of work per student per week will be similar to those students receiving face-to-face instruction. For example, a typical day could begin with a video class meeting at 9 a.m., independent activities and work until 11:30 a.m., a break for lunch, a video class meeting at 1 p.m. and independent activities and work until 3 p.m. Your child’s teacher(s) will communicate their weekly learning plans each week, which will outline any video class sessions and notes for the week.
  • Students will be expected to be online with their class at least twice a day for synchronous instruction.
  • Students will also be expected to complete assignments independently and/or with family support.
  • Students will be assessed as if they were in a regular classroom.


Gr. 9*/10 - 12 students

  • Online courses can be taken by students in a synchronous manner. This will require students to attend virtual classes at various times throughout each week. However, this does not mean that the child will receive direct instruction from the teacher each day. These classes will have a blend of self-directed and teacher-led activities.
  • Courses available include: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Sciences at various academic sequences (e.g., -1, -2, -3), CALM and Physical Education.
  • The courses will address all outcomes in the Program of Studies and prepare students for provincial diploma exams and other school- based final assessments.
  • School counselors will assist students with timetabling.
  • Students may be expected to be online at certain times to participate in individual tutorials. Teachers will work with students to schedule these.
  • Courses such as Physics 20, Math 31 and other academic courses will be offered if enrollment adequate.

* Grade 9s at Chestermere Lake Middle School, Indus, Langdon, W.G. Murdoch, Prince of Peace and Beiseker will engage in weekly learning plans like their peers from their school; Gr. 9s in Gr. 9 – 12 high schools will engage in self-paced courses like their peers from their school.

Sample weekly learning plans and classrooms

For Gr. 1 – 8/9*, your child’s teacher will provide a weekly learning plan through their online classroom, which will outline key learning outcomes, materials needed and any scheduled synchronous learning. Times and activities are subject to change depending on school and class schedules, and as learning evolves throughout the year. Click here to explore some example classrooms and weekly learning plans.

For Gr. 9*/10-12 students, teachers will communicate through their Moodle Classroom. To see an example of a Moodle classroom, click here.

* Grade 9s at Chestermere Lake Middle School, Indus, Langdon, W.G. Murdoch and Beiseker will engage in weekly learning plans like their peers from their school; Gr. 9s in Gr. 9 – 12 high schools will engage in self-paced courses like their peers from their school.

What are the technology requirements for my child?

To prepare for online learning, you will need to ensure that your child (or each student in your household) has a device that can access Google Suite (Gr. 1 – 4) and Moodle (Gr. 5 – 12) with reliable internet access so they can take part in their learning each weekday. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these platforms and remember, do not be afraid to reach out and share any problems or issues that may occur – we are here to support you. For students and/or parents needing technical support with the platforms, we have set up a help desk available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday:

What are my parental responsibilities?

As the parent/guardian, it is your responsibility to ensure your child is engaging with learning, completing assignments and is available for real-time online teacher instruction. The level of parental involvement will depend on your child’s grade level and learning maturity. Lower grades (1 – 4) will likely require parental support throughout the day to support the child’s comprehension of the material and ability to complete the task/assignment. Parents at all grades should be available every day to assist their child. While younger children will require supervision and support in learning, it is not expected that a parent be assisting the child the entire duration of the online learning day unless that is necessary for your child’s learning. When your child is enrolled into an online class, you will receive a detailed Parent Guide to assist you.

Who will be my child’s teacher?

Classes taught through online learning will have designated online teachers. It may be a teacher from your child’s regular school, or it could be a teacher from another RVS school. Your child will remain registered in their school and you will continue to communicate with your child’s principal if you have questions or concerns. You will also be able to communicate with the online teacher as needed, similar to when your child is in their regular classroom. As a general rule, when communicating with teachers through email, please allow up to one business day for a response.

Will French Immersion and Faith-Based Programming be offered?

French Immersion at all grade levels (Gr. 1 – 12) and faith-based programming (Gr. 1 – 9) may be offered through RVS Online Learning, dependent on numbers. This was available in the first half of the school year and RVS intends to offer it for the second half of the year as long as enough interest is expressed. Based on resourcing needs and enrolment numbers, these programs may feature some blended classes, including students from multiple grades within one online class.

Who will be in my child’s class?

Your child’s online class may be composed of children from their school, or it may be children attending online from various RVS schools. The number of students in an online class will be similar to in-person classrooms.

What about assessment and feedback?

All learner outcomes will be covered and assessed. Marks and comments will be posted in RVS’ PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Note: Diploma exams for Gr. 12 courses are optional for the 2020/21 school year. Further information for students choosing to write diploma exams will be provided at a later time.

How will my child with exceptional learning needs be supported?

Your child’s current school team, learning supports team and jurisdictional therapists will maintain a connection with and provide online supports and services to students, guardians and families. Access to supports and resources will be provided through the student’s regular school.

Your child’s Student Success Plans (Personal Program Plan, Individualized Program Plan, Behaviour Support Plan) will continue to be collaboratively supported and reviewed with you by your child’s online teacher, school team and where appropriate, our divisional team.

Can my child take in-person classes?

No. Students registered in online programming will not have the option to enroll in in-person classes. Courses/programs such as Global Sports Academy, P3, Building Futures, The Farm, Mechanics program, Band, and J-Block classes are examples of programs only offered to students registered for the in-person program.

Can my child participate in extra-curricular activities?

Yes. By remaining registered in their school, online students can still engage in school extra-curricular activities (e.g., sports, clubs, graduation, etc.) if available and if these proceed.

How is RVS Online Learning different from the temporary at-home learning required by the Alberta government?

The RVS Online Learning offering is a comprehensive program that addresses all areas of the curriculum.

The temporary at-home learning required for Gr. 7 - 12 from Nov. 30 to Jan. 8 and for Kindergarten to Gr. 6 from Jan. 4 to 8 was mandated by the Government of Alberta as a temporary means of educating students. It does not address all curriculum areas and does not have the same level of expectations as the RVS Online Learning offering.

For Grades 1 to 8/9 the expectations for student engagement and real-time participation as well as the level of support required from parents to be successful is high.

In high school, RVS Online Learning is more independent and self-paced with less real-time, direct instruction than what students will experience in the temporary at-home learning. The temporary at-home learning will continue to offer some electives/options that will not be provided to students in RVS Online Learning given the nature of the program.

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