The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about some significant changes to the education system. No doubt there will be bumps along the way as we adapt and learn together, but we are confident in our teachers, our staff, our students and our families to meet the challenges, learn, and succeed.
Who is learning online at NFSB?
Following Ministry of Education directives, our Grades 10 and 11 students have been learning at a 50% online, 50% in-school model since September. Our Grade 9 students joined in to the 50/50 model in November. These students are following their “normal” school schedule with their teachers and classmates, alternating in and out of the building to reduce the total number of students in the high schools at any one time.
We also have students whose health unfortunately puts them at a higher risk of serious complication due to COVID who are learning online in our Virtual School.
We use Microsoft Office 365 as our platform for online learning. All NFSB students have an email account, Teams, and software including Word, Excel, Powerpoint… and more! Here are a few FAQs to help you along the way. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Often your child’s teacher is a great resource. We also have our IT HelpDesk to support families in the transition to online learning.
Student Email/ Teams / Microsoft Office- FAQs
How do I access my child’s NFSB Microsoft and email accounts?
Log in to your child’s account at www.office.com with their NFSB email and password.
How can I access my child’s Teams account?
You can find the “Teams” app in your child’s NFSB Microsoft account. You can also download the app to a device for easy access!
Does my child have access to other Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)?
Yes! NFSB students have online access to all Microsoft Office 365 “O365” software/applications online, through their NFSB account. Families can also install Microsoft O365 on their home computer for free!
How do I download Teams on a computer/mobile device?
Downloaded on the Microsoft site (link here) or from the Apple or Android app stores.
Where can I see my child’s assignments and classes?
View your child’s assignment in Teams in their assignment “backpack” on the left-hand side of the desktop or web-based app. Classes can also be viewed by clicking or selecting the “Teams” tab.
Can I be notified on a device when something is added to my child’s Teams account?
Yes! Go to “Settings” In the Teams application. Notifications can be enabled and personalized. Note that you must be logged in to your child’s Teams account to receive notifications.
Can I see the date and time assignments are submitted?
Yes! There is a timestamp showing the date and time assignments are submitted. Students also see a fun graphic to let them know an assignment has been turned in. Students can “undo” submitted assignments should they need to add something/modify their work.
I see “past-due” on an assignment, but my child submitted the work in class.
If your child submitted work in class, the teacher can use Teams to indicate the work was handed in in person. If you feel an assignment was handed in but isn’t listed, email your child’s teacher, and allow a day or two for a response.
How are assignments given and submitted?
Teachers can assign work in various ways in Teams:
- By using folders assigned for each student to download, work on and submit;
- By assigning a fillable PDF for students to work on;
- Through cloud-based assignments where teachers assign a Forms/Word document and a digital copy that is submitted for marks; and
- Finally, there is the class notebook, where teachers can import documents and worksheets.
What if we run into issues?
It is important for your child to become familiar with downloading items, storing them in a folder, and uploading them. If you do run into issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or your school administrator who will help you, or direct you to someone who can.