At the beginning of the pandemic, King’s transitioned from classes in our school house to ‘Classes at Home’ right after March Break 2020. Our students have kept their regular timetables, checking in for attendance, meeting with their teachers face-to-face virtually at the start of every class, and working together collaboratively.
- Through online videoconferencing, our English classes have been reading Shakespeare together.
- Our French classes have spent time speaking French to each other, and our philosophy and anthropology classes have hotly debated their favourite topics.
- Our science and math teachers have been sharing their screens and the virtual white boards to help students through math, physics, chemistry and biology problems.
- The economics classes have spent every Friday afternoon virtually discussing the huge economic impacts of COVID-19 – living through unprecedented times of fiscal and monetary policy measures – and learning about economics in real time.
- Our art teacher has used a hover camera, hovering above his desk while he demonstrates art techniques to his classes and has organized virtual meetings with the professional artists that our students have been studying for King’s students to show them their work and ask them questions.
- And so many more stories: Spirit Weeks continue, a virtual Baking Club has started, we have a Pun of the Day Club and on and on!
- School has carried on, and learning has happened! We are so proud of the dedication of our staff, the conscientiousness of our students, and the co-operation of our families all working together to ensure that very productive learning has continued to happen at King’s during the time of COVID-19 without any content or social loss.
The 2021-2022 School Year:
King’s classes resumed the day after Labour Day – this year, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. At King’s we ran face-to-face virtual Classes at Home and in-school classes concurrently throughout the autumn of 2021. This allowed families who may have had vulnerable family members or who would prefer not to send their child to a physical school to know that their student can continue with their education at home while still being fully participative members of their class. King’s College School has diligently followed local and provincial health mandates and made every effort to protect the most vulnerable members of our school family.
As the 2021-2022 School Year Progresses:
King’s College School continues to offer our synchronous programming to both physical and virtual students, adhering closely to health and safety guidelines. Many of our students have discovered that virtual learning suits them tremendously. We have students from all over the country who enjoy being able to connect with like-minded students regardless of where they are located. New virtual students have been registering whose families travel a lot, or who travel widely themselves for elite sports competitions etc. The King’s values of kindness, compassion, and mindfulness and our work to mentor, coach, and enable students to become magnificent contributors who make a difference will carry on, regardless of whether the student is attending King’s physically or virtually.