Friday, October 30

TDSB

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, people with disabilities, Schools, TDSB

Students with disabilities face more obstacles returning to class: advocates – The Canadian News

TORONTO - Advocacy groups in Ontario say students with disabilities will face additional obstacles to returning to school after the pandemic, leaving parents unsure whether their children will be fully and safely included in school reopening plans. . The Ontario Autism Coalition and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance held a public meeting online Friday to discuss what they say is the provincial government's "failure" to reassure parents about the upcoming school year. OAC President Laura Kirby-McIntosh said that when it comes to welcoming children with disabilities to school, the province is doing the bare minimum at best. "The Ministry of Education's guide to reopening Ontario schools is not really a plan," he said in an interview. "What we get a...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, School, school boards, TDSB

TDSB seeks more space for fall classes as parents weigh whether children will attend – The Canadian News

TORONTO - Canada's largest school board is looking for additional spaces to teach this fall, but says it won't know how many are needed, or where they will be located, until parents of elementary students confirm whether they will send their children to school. in person. Meanwhile, some Toronto parents say it is difficult to make that decision without having more details about what classes will be like at their children's schools. The Toronto District School Board approved a plan this week that would hire hundreds more teachers to keep elementary classes at no more than 20 students and kindergarten at no more than 15 in communities with a higher risk of spreading the COVID-19. The board says that smaller classes may require additional locations, even once schools make use of...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, high risk schools, Local, map, TDSB, Toronto Public Health

Map of TDSB schools at high risk for coronavirus – The Canadian News

Toronto Public Health has identified at least 80 schools within the Toronto District School Board that are at high risk of spreading COVID-19 based on the neighborhoods in which they are located. Areas were ranked based on neighborhood-level data that includes COVID-19 case counts combined with three key socioeconomic indicators:Percentage of the neighborhood population that is low income Percentage of the neighborhood population living in multigenerational households Percentage of the neighborhood population that is a visible minority These priority hot spots will have smaller classes that are based on an estimated 80 percent of students returning to face-to-face classes. If more than the estimated number of students return to class, the TDSB must use the space that the...
Back to School, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, Provincial, TDSB, YRDSB

Survey finds most parents prefer a two-month staggered start to the school year – The Canadian News

Less than three weeks before the scheduled start of the new school year, two-thirds of parents say they prefer a two-month gradual reopening of school rather than a difficult start. According to the Maru / Blue Public Opinion Poll, nearly seven out of 10 parents of GTA elementary students would like some children to return in September and, depending on how it goes, allow more students to return in October. When it comes to parents of high school students, 63% support a similar tiered return. Education Minister Stephen Lecce has told school boards that they would be allowed to stagger the start of school, but only for the first two weeks of the year. Previously, the government had told boards that they could stagger the start of classes during the first week of the year if th...
Back to School, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, National, TDSB

Most students expected to return to school at meetings in Ottawa, Toronto – The Canadian News

The proportion of parents who choose to keep their children out of Ontario classrooms has begun to take shape, but school boards caution that the statistics are not definitive as they continue to modify their back-to-school plans to align with the changing provincial orientation. Boards of directors of two of the province's major urban centers, Toronto and Ottawa, say parents have indicated that more than two-thirds of students will return to classroom learning in September, but note that parents may still change their minds. as the governing boards and the province adjust their back-to-school plans. "Much of the information has come in late, which I think has been frustrating for (parents) and frustrating for us as a board, because you basically have to design a whole new sc...
Local, School, tcdsb, TDSB, Toronto

City of Toronto offers use of facilities and rooms for school boards – The Canadian News

The City of Toronto has offered the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards access to space on city facilities as part of its plan to reopen schools. In a letter to the education director of both school boards, City Manager Chris Murrary says they will be able to offer 36 rooms in 24 facilities that could be available by Sept. 8. The potential use of space by boards of directors would not disrupt city programming. The letter indicates that the boards had requested access to city spaces and city staff have been working to identify community centers, libraries, museums and other cultural centers that could be used. Other spaces have been identified, but would require the cancellation of some programs delivered by the city. Mayor John Tory shared the letter ...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, Ontario government, TDSB, Toronto District School Board

Ontario rejects launch of TDSB to reduce class size, wants to keep full day – The Canadian News

TORONTO - Talks between Canada's largest school board and the Ontario government to reduce elementary class sizes and address safety concerns from the pandemic continue after the province rejected a board plan that would have shortened daily class time for students. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Monday that the government and Toronto District School Board officials will meet to discuss back-to-school plans after the province rejected the board's initial proposal on Friday. It would have seen the board spend $ 20 million to hire more teachers and reduce elementary class sizes to between 15 and 20 students, depending on grade. The plan would also have required a change in the daily school schedule, cutting 48 minutes of classroom time to include teacher preparation, whi...
Coronavirus, Local, Schools, TDSB, Toronto District School Board

TDSB board to detail its school reopening plan Thursday – The Canadian News

Families of children from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will learn more about the board's “Safe Reopening of Schools” plan Thursday night as calls continue to delay returns to school amid of the COVID-19 pandemic. A webinar will take place from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm The TDSB board staff are expected to discuss the safety measures being taken, including the mandatory use of face covers for students in grades 4-12. This comes when parents across the city receive automated phone calls asking if they will send their children to school in the fall. The Ontario government is faced with increasing calls from various groups, including teachers' unions, for the start of school to be phased in or perhaps delayed altogether. Meanwhile, Toronto Public Health is asking the board t...
Local, TDSB

TDSB approves 2020-2021 operating budget, but requests more funding – The Canadian News

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) approved the operating budget for what is expected to be a school year like no other. While the budget includes additional investments to support a safe and effective return to school in September, the trustees are also asking the province for more funds to help make this possible. "This budget prioritizes the health and wellness of TDSB students, staff, and the community," TDSB President Robin Pilkey said in a statement. “The additional funding provided by the Ministry helps offset some of the TDSB's COVID-19 costs, but more is needed to fully support the reopening of our schools safely next year, including additional teacher allocations so that we can keep class sizes as low as possible. " According to the TDSB, the impact of COVID-1...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, Schools, TDSB

TDSB Reveals New Plan to Reopen Schools – The Canadian News

The Toronto District School Board unveiled its plan to reopen schools safely, less than a week after the Ontario government announced its strategy. During Tuesday's Special Committee of the Whole meeting, the school board released what it is calling, "Back to School: A Guide to the Safe Reopening of the TDSB." When it comes to class size for its elementary and middle schools, TDSB says it will work to ensure you don't have classes too large to minimize risk. The Ontario government requires that the most densely populated school boards have class cohorts of approximately 15 students for high schools with alternate days or alternate schedules. The TDSB plan for high school students includes class cohorts of approximately 15 students with physical distance in class and in home l...
Coronavirus, Covid19, Education, High School, Local, TDSB

TDSB reopening plan could implement semester, not sports – The Canadian News

The Toronto District School Board trustees will receive a report Tuesday that outlines the plan for the safe reopening of high schools in September. Last week, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that he would be returning to class full time for primary school in the fall, but things will look different for teens. Lecce confirmed that GTA public high schools will use a tailored model, meaning that class size will be limited to 15 students each in a cohort, and face coats will be required while on school property. But the biggest change could be the implementation of a semester, which means that instead of two semesters a year, there will be four. In this new format, students would learn two subjects at once over a period of nine weeks. In this model, students would be...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, Provincial, return to school, TDSB

TDSB says return-to-school plan could cost upwards of $250M – The Canadian News

The Toronto District School Board says implementing a cohort return-to-school plan this fall could cost as much as $250-million. In a document prepared by the TDSB, several scenarios are presented that include face-to-face learning five days a week with either cohorts of 15 students or class size depending on grade level or full class size. The TDSB says maintaining 15 student cohorts at the elementary level with one teacher for a full day of learning would require an additional 2,500 teachers which would cost almost $250-million. The same model but with the class day shortened by 48 minutes would require almost 1,000 additional teachers and additional costs of $100-million. In each scenario, teachers would be required to cover all subjects and the cohorts could see a mix...