Leadership at the Kenora Catholic District School Board (KCDSB) has targeted the end of January to make the transition back to a regular semester from the current quadmester learning model.

“The transition to a regular semester model at the end of January, along with the continuation of enhanced health and safety protocols, was a welcome announcement for the Kenora Catholic District School Board,” says Paul White, Director of Education at the KCDSB.

In a Semester model, students had four separate 75-minute classes. In a quadmester, students have two 150-minute classes.

“Moving into the semester model will allow our educators to create more effective instructional environments while we continue to build upon the success of in-person learning and advance student well-being, engagement, and academic success,” continued White.

The Board says the switch will be dependant on the COVID-19 caseload in the region and pending approval from the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU).

“We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Northwestern Health Unit as we plan for this welcome transition, and we are truly grateful for their expert and responsive support throughout the pandemic,” added White.

Ontario’s school boards switched to a two-class quadmester model last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where students took two courses at a time for nine weeks – splitting the regular four-class semester model in half to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that secondary schools across the province will move to the regular semester learning model no later than the start of term two, citing the high rates of immunization amoung youth.