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Ottawa's largest school board to drop quadmester scheduling system

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) announced on Friday that schools will ditch the quadmester scheduling system for the 2021-2022 school year and replace it with a modified semester system.

In a quadmester, students take 2 subjects over 9 weeks, then switch to new subjects

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will use a modified semester schedule for the upcoming school year. (Matthew Kupfer/CBC)

High school students in Ottawa's largest school board will be returning to a relatively normal schedule in the fall.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) announced on Friday that schools will ditch the quadmester scheduling system for the 2021-2022 school year and replace it with a modified semester system.

The quadmester system, which was used for the entire 2020-2021 school year, saw students take two courses at a time for a period of roughly nine weeks, after which they switched to two new subjects.

In a normal year students would take four courses during a semester, each of which lasted about twice that time.

But OCDSB is tweaking the semester schedule a bit for the upcoming year.

Rather than taking four classes a day, like they would in a typical semester, students will attend two classes a day with the courses alternating each week.

A similar modified semester system will be in place in Toronto for the upcoming school year.

Meanwhile, the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) plans a split schedule with two quadmesters for the first half of the school year, then a single semester for the second half.

The provincial government says final guidance for the upcoming school year will be given in July based on the advice of the chief medical officer of health.

With files from the Canadian Press

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