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Summer School - eLearning

  PLEASE NOTE: Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District (BHNCDSB) Summer School E-Learning Courses are only available for students who are registered to attend one of the three Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District secondary schools: Assumption College School, St. John’s College or Holy Trinity Catholic High School.


Summer School eLearning

The Summer School eLearning program is an online learning experience that involves four (4) full weeks of online instruction.  eLearning courses will run from June 29 2020 to July 24, 2020


  • All Students who have Pre-Registered or are registered with one of our high schools are to register through the Online Registration Survey.

  • Parents will receive an information e-mail near the start of course providing information on their child’s course. *PLEASE ENSURE YOUR PARENT EMAIL IS CORRECT IN THE SCHOOL DATABASE - contact your home school to confirm.

  • ALL email communication to students will be through their BHNCDSB board email address. - Ask your current teacher for this information if you are currently unaware of your board email address

  • If by chance, someone you know has registered to take Summer School 2020 eLearning and does not receive any of the email communications about summer school prior to July, please have that individual contact:

St. Mary Catholic Learning Centre
Main Office: 519-753-0552

Continuing Education Secretary: 519-756-6505 x407

Continuing Education Principal: 519-756-6505 x402

  June 29 2020 - July 24 2020 Course Offerings

  • Civics - CHV2O (1/2 credit)
  • Careers - GLC2O (1/2 credit)
  • Both Civics and Careers
  • Religion - HRT3M
  • English - ENG4U
  • Health for Life - PPZ3C

 eLearning Self-Assessment

  • An eLearning Self-Assessment called "Is eLearning for me?" is available for students.

  • eLearning is a great opportunity for students who are independent and self-motivated learners. 

  • eLearning is not for everyone.  Students should take some time to reflect on their learning style.

  eLearning Program Expectations and Guidelines

eLearning allows secondary school students the option of taking a course online. Taking an online course allows for flexibility in a student's timetable, allows access to courses that are not currently offered and gives students an opportunity to earn credits while building valuable independent learning skills that will be beneficial in any post-secondary pathway.

  • All students or prospective students must read the following information carefully, so they know exactly what is expected of them, and what to expect from the program. 

  • By registering in an eLearning course, each student agrees to abide by the guidelines, as outlined below.

  • A PDF document outlining the Program Expectations and Guidelines can also be found here.

  Course Outlines

  • Summer school course outlines are developed and released by the individual summer school teachers through their respective D2L’s.

  • Once teachers receive their class list/section assignments in June, who will then begin communicating with their students shortly thereafter.

  • Students can request course details directly from their respective summer school teacher(s). 

  • PowerSchool's (our web-based student information system) roll-over processes will not permit access to summer school course content for students prior to the first day of summer school.

  Grade 8 – Face-to-face Orientation

  • Each grade 8 student who registers in an online eLearning summer school course MUST attend a mandatory face-to-face orientation session to ensure the student is prepared and capable of completing the online course successfully, and to familiarize themselves with the BHNCDSB Desire2Learn (D2L) online learning platform.

  • D2L is where students log in to view online courses, explore tools and features, and customize their eLearning experience.

  • Grade 8 students attending the orientation will meet with an online learning teacher and receive a demonstration of D2L navigation, and participate in a question and answer session about the online environment expectations.

  • Grade 8 students can select any one of the following dates to attend a 60-minute orientation session, which will take place at St. Mary Catholic Learning Centre, 455 Colborne Street, Brantford.

  • The orientation dates and times for the 2019/2020 school year are:

    • Monday, April 20, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Monday, May 11, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Monday, June 15, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • You can contact the Continuing Education Secretary to book your space at one of the scheduled orientation sessions, via email:

  Computer Accessibility and Software

  • eLearning students are responsible for obtaining the basic software and stable internet connections (high speed internet is essential) required for successful completion of the online course.

  • Students can download Office 365, which includes; Word, Excel, Outlook Mail, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive etc., free of charge from, using their BHNCDSB user name and password (the same login they use for their BHNCDSB email).

  • Courses are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so students should be able to complete their assignments without an issue if they are organized and motivated. 

  • Access to the internet is required daily.  Courses can not be completed on a cell phone.

  • It is not recommended that the course be completed while away on holidays.

  • If a student has difficulties with their home computer, i.e. technical difficulties, computer breakdown, etc., there is a computer lab with desktop computers available for use at the St. Mary Catholic Learning Centre, 455 Colborne Street, Brantford, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 and 3:00. Please contact the Continuing Education Secretary, for more information or to book a time / date.

  Attendance / Logging In

  • Students must dedicate adequate time (anytime during the day or night) to participate in the learning process and meet deadlines as outlined in their course(s).

  • Students are expected to login regularly to the course and complete daily tasks.

  • Students MUST login in a minimum of once weekly to remain in the course.

  • Students will submit tasks and assignments as listed on the Course Checklist/Calendar and meet each Unit/Activity deadline.

  BHNCDSB Email, Username & Password

  • All communication about Summer School eLearning will come through students' BHNCDSB e-mail account, NOT personal e-mail accounts.

  • Each eLearning student will be required to access and use their BHNCDSB e-mail throughout the course to properly communicate with teachers and administration, therefore it is essential that students know their BHNCDSB username and password. 

  • If students do not currently know their login information, they should check with their current classroom teacher or guidance counsellor to obtain it, or contact the Continuing Education Secretary at

  Communication with Online Teacher(s)

  • All communication from teachers will come through students' BHNCDSB e-mail account, NOT personal e-mail accounts.

  • A Student can expect feedback from the course instructor, concerning a submission, within 72 hours of receipt of the assignment under normal circumstances.

  Suggestions for Success

  • The average number of hours a student should spend working on one full-credit eLearning course is 30 Hours per week (6 hours per day / per credit). Students are encouraged to consider this before enrolling in an eLearning course.

  • There are a minimum of 20 assignments for each full credit course.  In the case of Civics and Careers, they are both 1/2 credit courses, so 3 hours each, daily, is recommended, with a minimum of 10 assignments for each 1/2 credit course.

  • Students must keep up to date with assignments. If a student leaves any work to the last minute it can become a challenge to get caught up before the course is over.

  • eLearning students should always leave a work session with enough information and/or assignments printed or downloaded to allow them to work offline if necessary for at least one day. It is possible that D2L may be inaccessible for technical reasons from time to time.

  Plagiarism Policy & Information CHECK POLICY

  • All assignments are submitted through TurnItIn, an internet-based plagiarism detection service, that allows teachers to see the percentage of the paper that is plagiarized.

  • If a student has been caught plagiarizing:

    • 1st Offence – Discussion between eLearning teacher and student to clarify specifics of the plagiarized document(s). Parent informed by eLearning teacher. The student will be required to revise assignment and resubmit demonstrating new learning, in consultation with the eLearning teacher.

    • 2nd Offence – Verbal warning from teacher. Parent and summer school principal contacted.  Student will be required to revise the assignment and demonstrate new learning independently.

    • 3rd Offence – Teacher to inform student, parent and summer school principal.  Student will be given a zero grade on the assignment and any subsequent assignment deemed to be plagiarized.

  Reporting Periods & Key Dates

  • Date of Record/Full Disclosure (Drop Date): Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – The Ministry of Education has a policy of full disclosure. This policy states that all courses attempted by students must be recorded on Ontario Student Transcripts.  After the full disclosure deadline, any course completed, withdrawn from or failed will appear on a student transcript along with the marks earned in the program. This means a student who is on the class list of an eLearning course after this date will have a mark entered on his/her permanent record, even if they withdraw after this date.

  • Final Course Completion Date:  Friday, July 24, 2020 - All students are to complete the eLearning course by the Final Course Completion Date. All Assignments, Unit Tests, Culminating Activities/Exams and Independent Study work must be submitted by the completion date.

  • Final Exam Date:  Friday, July 24, 2020 - If students have an exam, it will be written on this date. All exams must be completed in person at St. Mary Catholic Learning Centre, 455 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON.

  • Final Report Cards: Tuesday, August 20, 2020 - Final Report Cards will be mailed out to each student by this date. A copy of the final report card will also be sent to the student’s Home School, for inclusion in their Ontario Student Record.

  Desire2Learning (D2L)/Brightspace Learning Platform

  • The Summer School eLearning courses will be available via the Desire2Learn Online Learning Platform on the morning of June 29, 2020 and will close at 11:59 pm on July 24, 2020.

  • It is essential that students know how to access the D2L platform on June 29 to find their course.  Students should BOOKMARK/SAVE the D2L link in the event that the BHNCDSB website becomes unavailable. 

  • Students must also know their BHNCDSB username and password.  If students do not currently know this information, they should check with their current classroom teacher or guidance counsellor to obtain it, or contact the Continuing Education Secretary at

  D2L/Brightspace Technical Support

If students experience any technical difficulties while working on an Online Course, for example the website or course email is not functioning normally, please contact:

Helpdesk at Desire2Learn
Phone: 1-800-222-0209

  D2L/Brightspace Course Content Difficulties

If a student experiences problems with the content of the course, please contact the course teacher directly via email to their BHNCDSB email from your BHNCDSB email and provide the following details:

  • student first name and last name
  • the course name and section
  • the Unit and activity student is having problems with
  • a copy of the question or statement that is proving difficult or describe the link that is not working

It is much easier for the teacher to help a student if they are given this information up front. If a link is not working, be sure to clearly identify where the issue occurs, and what error you receive when attempting to open the document.

  Course not Appearing in D2L/Brightspace

For other issues, for example, a course a student signed up for is not showing in D2L, please contact:

St. Mary Catholic Learning Centre
Main Office: 519-753-0552

Continuing Education Secretary: 519-756-6505 x407

Continuing Education Principal: 519-756-6505 x402


For more information during the school year about Summer School eLearning programs, please contact the Student Success Teacher at your Secondary School:

Assumption College

257 Shellard Lane
Brantford, ON N3T 5L5

NITA APOSTOLI-SURETTE 519-751–2030 x232


Holy Trinity Catholic High School

128 Evergreen Hill Road
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4N5



St. John's College

80 Paris Road
Brantford, ON N3R 1H9



For more information about Summer School programs please contact the Continuing Education offices at:

Main Office 519-753-0552

Continuing Education Secretary - Hailey Bouckhuyt 519-756-6505 x407

Principal of Continuing Education - Terre Slaght 519-756-6505 x402




All BHNCDSB students have the ability to download and use a copy of Microsoft office at home free of charge. Students must also know their BHNCDSB username and password to do the installation. The following link will walk you through how to install it on your computer: Install MS Office for home.