July 15, 2021
Parents/Guardians and Students,
Welcome to TDSB Connects, an update on news and events from across the Toronto District School Board.
Facility Condition Index and Renewal Needs Backlog – The Toronto District School Board has released the 2021 Facility-Condition-Index (FCI) and Renewal-Needs-Backlog (RNB) for each school, which are posted on each school’s website. The TDSB updates this information annually. The Ontario government is responsible for funding school repairs. As of May 2021, TDSB’s systemwide school repairs backlog was $3.7 billion. The funding backlog for school repairs for all Ontario schools is over $16 billion. For more information, please read the news release.
Selection Form for In-Person or Virtual Learning (2021-22) – The TDSB will be asking families to complete an online Selection Form for In-Person or Virtual Learning in August. Families will receive an email with a link to the selection form on Thursday, August 5. At that time, families will have up-to-date information on the status of the pandemic and vaccinations for school staff and students, and will be in a better position to make an informed decision. For more information, including multiple translations, please visit the TDSB webpage for the 2021-22 school year.
Renaming Schools Reference Group - Expression of Interest Form – The Toronto District School Board is coordinating the establishment of the Renaming Schools Reference Group. This volunteer group will be engaging in establishing a framework to lead the renaming of TDSB locations and schools. This process is occurring at a time when there is a broader societal shift towards honouring the importance of “naming” spaces that represent Indigenous or Black leaders or other racialized leaders, and its association to The Land and Indigenous histories. Learn more about the reference group and renaming process, including how to apply.
COVID-19 Vaccines – All youth aged 12 and older, are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective and are the best way to protect your child, your family, and your community from COVID-19. Vaccines will help students and families to safely resume normal activities as soon as possible. Learn more about vaccines for youth and how to get vaccinated here.
2021-2022 School Year Calendar – The Ministry of Education has approved the TDSB’s 2021-2022 School Year Calendar. The first day of classes for students will be September 9, 2021. Visit the TDSB website for the full calendar, including PA days and holidays.
Modified Semester for Secondary – The TDSB continues to consider details of the modified semester for all secondary schools and has now finalized the school year calendar and daily schedule that all secondary schools will be following. Learn more.
Summer Well-Being Guide – Within this guide you will find a variety of culturally-responsive resources and accessible activities to help make this summer a little easier for you and your family. Information on where and how to reach out for help is also included.
Student Transportation – All parents/guardians with children who take the bus to school are encouraged to sign up for the Student Transportation Parent Portal to access important information and updates. Please look out for emails over the summer regarding Transportation for September. If you have moved this past year, or plan to move over summer, it is important that you please complete the Student Transportation Application form with your new address, and email it to your school (or to email@example.com after schools are closed for the summer) to avoid delays in bussing.
COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Plan – Learn more about the TDSB’s Pandemic Recovery Plan, a three-phase plan that will identify which groups have been most impacted and where interventions will be put in place for the school year ahead. This is the first in a series of reports over the next two years and provides an in-depth analysis of key student perception and learning outcome data.
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