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Message from Chair and Director about Crisis in India

Monday, May 3, 2021
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Students,


For more than a year now, COVID-19 has dominated the globe, including here in Toronto. But the devastation unfolding in India right now, as a result of the pandemic, is incomprehensible as the virus ravages the world’s second most populous country.


Our hearts and thoughts are with our South Asian students, staff and families who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis that is seeing record infections and deaths during this frightening third wave surge. I have no doubt that being so far away from family and friends is distressing and frightening. Please know that we see you and we are here to support you in any way we can.


Below is a list of resources and services you can access. Please join our Virtual Office Hours to speak with someone from our mental health and well-being team or connect with your child’s school who may help offer some grace during this challenging time.


We hope that through the support of our global community, including Canada’s contribution of urgent medical aid, India is able to recover from this humanitarian crisis. Our TDSB community stands with you and grieves with you for all that we have lost this year as a community.


Alexander Brown, Chair of the Board


Karen Falconer, Interim Director of Education


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Mental Health and Well-Being Supports for the South Asian Community