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February 25, 2022

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February 25, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

Welcome to TDSB Connects, an update on news and events from across the Toronto District School Board.

Confronting Hate – We have learned of yet another shocking display of antisemitic hate in one of our schools. This highly offensive act brought pain and harm and shows us how much work still needs to be done to educate students and staff on antisemitism. Read the Director’s full statement.

Supporting the Ukrainian Community – As the world watches the shocking developments in Eastern Europe, our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian community here in Toronto. Read our full statement and read tips that may be helpful for parents/guardians whose children are experiencing difficulties.

Updated Screening Tool – Toronto Public Health has updated their COVID-19 screening tool for children, students and adults for immediate use. Please do this health screening daily before coming to school and use either the paper Health Pass, the TDSB Health Screening App or the online web portal to complete the verification of your screening, each day.

COVID-19 Vaccinations – The TDSB continues to work with Toronto Public Health and other healthcare partners to offer vaccination opportunities for students and their families. Learn more about vaccination opportunities and how you can talk directly to a doctor about the vaccine.

COVID-19 Reporting – Each day, the TDSB provides detailed daily absence data to help provide a comprehensive picture of a school community. Absences for both staff and students could be for a variety of reasons and are not necessarily related to COVID-19. Learn more.

Let’s Connect About Mental Health and Well-Being Parents and Caregivers are invited to join us online on March 10 at 7 p.m. to hear parent voices and experiences, increase mental health literacy and learn strategies to better support your child’s mental health and well-being. Learn more.

Free Employment Services for Job Seekers in the GTA For free, job seekers can access employment services and resources to get a job; secure the training you need for a new career; and so much more. The TDSB’s Community Services Unit operates seven convenient Next-Steps Employment Centres across the GTA. Visit www.next-steps.ca to learn more.

Free Enhanced Language Training for Newcomers Continue your professional career in Canada! Internationally Experienced/Educated Professionals new to Canada can sign up for the Community Services’ Enhanced Language Training (ELT) program. Trainees receive in-class instruction on their sectors and gain the opportunity to secure work placement in their related industry. Learn more atwww.elt4employment.ca.

International Languages: Elementary and African Heritage (ILE-AH) – This free online program welcomes JK to Grade 8 students to learn a language (except for English and French) for 2.5 hours a week. Learn more and register online today.

Learn4Life Adult General Interest Program – Learn a new skill or take up a hobby this spring with courses in art, computers, food, languages, fitness and much more! Both in-person and online classes are available. Registration is now open. View our online brochure for more information.

Adult ESL Program - Adult learners will have an opportunity to improve their English in-person and online with the TDSB.  A broad range of English as a Second Language classes will be available, from beginner to advanced levels. Learn more by visiting our program website.

TDSB Update – Sign-up for TDSB Update and stay informed about recent Board decisions and more district-wide news.

 

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 the Board’s Government, Public and Community Relations Department

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