June 4, 2020
Welcome to TDSB Connects, an update on news and events from across the Toronto District School Board.
Responding to Anti-Black Racism: Media coverage over recent weeks has reminded us of the ongoing impact of anti-Black racism on individuals and communities. Through that coverage, we have witnessed violence and harassment against members of the Black community and we are acutely aware of the devastating impacts of anti-Black racism in our world, in our community and in the Toronto District School Board. Read the full statement from the Chair of the Board and Director of Education.
Retrieval of Belongings: A comprehensive protocol and guidelines have been developed to allow for the retrieval of students’ personal belongings in schools. It is not mandatory to come to the school to pick up belongings and students or parents/guardians should only visit the school if absolutely necessary. Your Principal will provide additional details, including your school’s schedule for picking up and returning items.
Mental Health and Well-Being: We care about the range of emotions and questions students of all ages may be experiencing in this uncertain and unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures. Access resources and information to support your mental health and well-being.
School Reopening Plans and Upcoming Survey: A TDSB School/Work Reopening Committee has been established to consider what the reopening of schools and administrative buildings will look like when it is safe to do so. While the final direction and health and safety requirements will come from the Ministry of Education, Toronto Public Health and/or other public health agencies, the committee is reviewing issues in a number of critical areas. A TDSB survey for parents/guardians will be shared during the week of June 8 to seek input for reopening plans.
Keeping Connected: While schools are closed, connection is more important than ever. Read our latest trending@tdsb article on how some schools are staying connected while we are apart.
Secondary Program Review: The Interim Report of the Secondary Program Review was recently presented to Trustees and highlights the issues, gaps, and needs facing our system that are impacting our ability to support equitable access to strong programs and opportunities. Read the report, learn more about your area and share your feedback.
Student Transportation: While we do not yet know what transportation will look like in the fall, we are committed to keeping parents/guardians informed of all changes and safety practices for the upcoming school year. 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. If you have moved this past year, or plan to move over the summer, please complete the Student Transportation Application form with your new address, and email it to your school and firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Indigenous Peoples History Month: During the month of June, people across the country mark National Indigenous Peoples History Month in recognition of the rights, histories, contemporary realities and extraordinary achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in the country we call Canada today. Learn more.
Italian Heritage Month: During the month of June, the TDSB proudly recognizes Italian Heritage Month.
Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month: The TDSB is proud to recognize the contributions of Portuguese-speaking individuals during Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month.
Pride Month: June is Pride Month at the TDSB! It’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity and raise awareness among all staff and students about the rich culture and history of our LGBTQ2S community.
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