Lower School Expectations

Expectations for All Teaching Staff

  • Teachers will be available from 7:25am through at least 3:15pm Monday-Friday either from home or from campus (depending on approval by the EDB).
  • Daily class schedules will closely mirror regular face-to-face schedules, and teachers will be available to students during normally scheduled class times.


  • Student attendance will be taken on Veracross by 8:15am each day. 

Response Time

  • Teachers should respond to questions from students and parents within 24 hours during days school is in session.

Expectations for All Students

  • During times of remote learning, it is important that students make deliberate efforts to ensure their wellbeing. Critical to this wellbeing is the development of a routine. A daily schedule that includes time for school, physical activity, socializing (even if online), regular mealtimes and consistent and sufficient sleeping hours is key to maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Ways to maximize the learning experience and promote wellbeing during remote learning. Have a workspace that allows you to concentrate. It should:

  • be in a quiet location
  • be at a desk or table
  • have good lighting

Take appropriate breaks:

  • stretch and move
  • get a healthy snack
  • make the break tech-free
  • If possible, go outside sometime during the day
  • Spend time after school doing something that you enjoy
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Eat healthy meals

Remote Learning
Students are expected to:

  • attend all online classes
  • follow their timetable and join classes on time
  • have their cameras on during classes, unless stated otherwise by their teacher
  • dress appropriately for classes
  • work in an appropriate space
  • stay in their live class for the entire scheduled lesson and if they must leave, they should let
  • their teacher know in advance
  • participate actively in all classes
  • complete work as assigned and meet deadlines for submissions
  • get caught up on work if they are unable to attend a class

Student Agreements and Online Etiquette
As always, CDNIS students are expected to use technology in a positive, responsible, and respectful manner. Online behaviour must always follow the CDNIS Responsible User Agreements: Lower School Responsible User Agreement

For all classroom video communication, the following etiquette should be followed: CDNIS Zoom Etiquette Guide for Students

Remote lessons will take place in real time and, in accordance with privacy guidelines, will not be recorded. Students are expected to be fully engaged throughout the lesson. Attendance will be taken and closely monitored. If a teacher wishes to create recorded materials in advance of the lesson and share these with students, they are encouraged to do so. When a student is absent from a class or classes due to illness or other factors, parents must notify the school via the student absence reporting in the Parent Portal.

Expectations for All Parents

The role of parents is critical in remote learning. In order to facilitate a consistent learning environment at home we ask that you:

  • monitor your child’s engagement
  • ensure that your child is following the daily schedule
  • ensure that the tools and environment needed for learning are made available to your child (for example, ensure students have a well-lit, reasonably quiet work space)
  • regularly check in on your child’s progress and work submission
  • allow your child to complete their assignments independently and to the best of their ability.  Parents and individual tutors are to refrain from overly assisting in the completion of assigned tasks. If unsure of what constitutes too much assistance, please consult the teacher
  • contact the appropriate person with any questions or concerns as they arise

Please note that this page is current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

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