Principal’s Message

Registration is closed for Semester 2 of the 2019-2020 School Year

WVC received registrations for online course delivery from many of Manitoba’s First Nation Schools this semester. It is great to see such high interest and participation in the Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate. Live Classes are underway, and students are busy learning not only the environment where their courses are held but also valuable skills in communicating and learning online with their teachers.
Since schools began closing on March 16, 2020, attendance in the online classes has been at a reduced rate as we understand that students no longer have access to their school buildings (computer and internet). Ongoing courses and expectations will be modified after spring break concludes. Students will be responsible for submitting work up until March 16, 2020, for their grades. If you need your work package mailed out to you, please contact your teacher directly (check course outlines for email contact). Our teachers are still working to help and support you and will put together a package for mail out if necessary.
We’ll be opening up our learning environment for interested First Nations who want to move to an online environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please have your education director or principal send an email to support@wapaskwa.ca to get started.
You are welcome and encouraged to keep us in mind for high school courses you may require in the future.
Next year’s timetable is being worked on soon, so keep checking back for the most current information.

Allison McDonald, Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate – Principal

News

  • March 18, 2020

    Wapaskwa COVID-19 Contingency Plan

    Attention:  Education Directors and Principals, MFNERC Member First Nations and MFNSS First Nations

    The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) supports your rapidly changing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 17, 2020, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) declared a state of emergency for each First Nation, and Manitoba Education announced a three-week suspension of in-person classes at all public schools, beginning on March 23, 2020. Short-term responses included local teachers preparing print-based work packages, but the recommended social distancing strategies to flatten the curve could last upwards of 18 months.

    Preparing for Educational Continuity

    With the infrastructure already in place at MFNERC, First Nations schools in Manitoba can consider other long-term planning options, such as transitioning student learning to an online learning platform. Assuming that teaching teams have salary continuance and access to technology and bandwidth outside the school, they may begin preparations to post instructional material online. Where possible, appropriate technologies should be made widely available to students as well.

    Under the direction of education authorities, teachers can move toward MFNERC’s online learning system with the support of Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate staff. Wapaskwa staff can prepare the learning management system (LMS) and a course template for your teachers to post any planned learning opportunities.  Your instructors may wish to carry out learning activities in the form of readings, activities, assignments, recorded mini-lessons, or longer recorded instructional sessions as well as other types of student engagement (readings, assignments, quizzes, etc.). MFNERC can support scheduled online meetings, live tutoring sessions, or video assignments that are possible from a variety of devices (computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.).  Wapaskwa staff are creating training resources to support remote teachers and a webinar, “Remote Teacher Training via Adobe Connect.” At this time, priority will be given to accommodate teachers of Grade 12 students. As requests for online training and course template creations are completed, expansion to additional grades will follow.

    Communicating Your Interest

    Send an email indicating your First Nation’s interest in setting up online education to support@wapaskwa.ca .

    • Then register using the online form here

    OR

    Please provide the following to support@wapaskwa.ca:

    • Locally appointed Lead Person’s name and contact information.
    • A list of valid emails of staff and student members, course names and grade levels for the course template that we will create (Grade 12 priority) so that accounts can be created.
    If you have many classes and students to register it might be quicker and easier to fill our registration Bulk Enrolments.csv

    Note:  Despite the best efforts to plan, prepare, and support schools and parents, a fair assumption is that educational continuity planning is being constructed for enrichment purposes. This is because there is inequitable access to equipment and connectivity to hold students fully accountable to be able to log in and/or meet the provincial learning outcomes and/or mastery learning.

     

    For more information please contact:

    Allison McDonald, Principal, Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate at support@wapaskwa.ca.

    FAQ’s

    Register online