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Questions & Answers: Elementary Virtual Learning

Q: Does every student need to complete the Virtual Learning Registration Form?

A: Only students who are requesting Virtual Learning for the entire 2022-2023 school year should complete the Virtual Learning Registration Form. No action is required for students who plan to attend school In-Person next year.

Q: Where do I find my child’s Trillium student number?

A: The Trillium number is the student number your child uses to log in to their TDSB account or a TDSB device. If you or your child does not know the Trillium number, please contact your school and they can provide you with this information. Do not use the Ontario Education Number (OEN), which is located on the Report Card.

Virtual Learning

Q: Who is elementary Virtual Learning for?

A: While we expect a larger number of students to attend In-Person next year, we recognize that there will be parents/caregivers and students who will choose Virtual Learning to meet their needs.

In 2022-2023, Virtual learning is an option for students who wish to learn in a virtual environment. This provides opportunities to further develop digital literacy skills to develop critical thinking, collaborative working skills, and problem-solving skills. Unlike the 2021-22 school year, there will be no simultaneous/hybrid learning.

Q: What will the school day look like in Virtual Learning Classes?

A: Virtual Learning classes will follow the daily schedule of the school which hosts the Virtual Learning class (e.g. start and end times, lunch).

Q: Where will the Virtual Learning classes be hosted?

A: There will be fully virtual classes with dedicated teachers that include students from the local school or a cluster of schools. As with all schools, Virtual Learning classes could be single-grade or combined grades. Elementary Virtual Learning classes will be hosted in many local schools. Most will include students from a cluster of local schools. This means that your child’s Virtual Learning class could be connected to a different school for the 2022-23 school year. The school hosting the Virtual Learning class will be the school the student is connected to for the year.

Eligibility

Q: Who can register for Virtual Learning?

A: All students in JK to Grade 8 can register for Virtual Learning. For students newly registered to TDSB who will begin attending in September 2022, information regarding the process to select Virtual Learning will be shared at a later date. Students new to the TDSB who register after April 1, 2022 will be able to indicate a request for Virtual Learning when they register. These requests will be honoured where space allows.

Technology

Q: Can I request Virtual Learning for my child if we do not have a device and/or internet access?

A: Yes. There is space on the Virtual Learning Registration Form to indicate if a student requires a device with microphone and camera and/or internet to access Virtual Learning. The TDSB will provide a device and/or Internet to students registered for Virtual Learning, if needed.

Q: How will students access their Virtual Learning class?

A: Virtual Learning classes will use the Brightspace learning platform. Educators may use a combination of Brightspace, Zoom and/or Google Meet to provide synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Technical support will be available for students and parents/guardians/caregivers.

Changes

Q: I made a mistake submitting the Virtual Learning Registration Form, what can I do?

A: The Virtual Learning Registration Form will allow multiple entries for each student between Monday, March 7 and Monday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. The most recent submission by a family will be considered the final decision.

Q: Can I change my mind later in the school year?

A: Parents/guardians/caregivers are asked to speak with their child and be confident that Virtual Learning is the right choice for them. When completing the Virtual Learning Registration Form, parents/guardians/caregivers are reminded that it is a commitment for the full 2022-2023 school year. There is no opportunity to switch in either direction between In-Person and Virtual Learning once the Virtual Learning Registration Form closes on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. This is a final decision for the entire 2022-23 school year. 

Q: In January 2022, I was accepted into a school other than my geographic home school for optional attendance. If I register for Virtual School for the 2022-2023 school year, do I lose my spot at the optional attendance school for the following school year?

A: Yes. You will be required to return to your geographic home school unless you were both enrolled and attended your optional attendance school in the 2021-2022. Students in this situation are encouraged to follow the 2022-2023 Optional Attendance procedures if they would like to apply to a school other than their geographical home school.

There is currently a review of policies and procedures for Specialized Schools and Optional Attendance, as well as a Secondary Review process. Once these are completed, processes and timelines will be communicated.

Programs

Q: Will French Immersion/Extended French, Specialized Arts, Alternative Schools programs be offered virtually?

A: Virtual Learning at the TDSB will be dynamic and engaging. We will focus our work on regular programming for the 2022-2023 school year. This means that Specialized programming, Alternative Schools, French Immersion and Extended French will only be offered In-Person for the 2022-2023 school year. As our experience in this model grows, we will consider broadening program access, subject to demand in future years and contingent on Ministry of Education requirements to offer this option.

Students will need to re-apply if they wish to return to the Alternative School.

There is currently a review of policies and procedures for Specialized Schools and Optional Attendance, as well as a Secondary Review process. Once these are completed, processes and timelines will be communicated.

Q: Will I be able to return to my Specialized Program (e.g., Specialized Arts, CyberArts), or Alternative School after attending a Virtual Learning class for the 2022-2023 school year?

A: Students will need to re-apply if they wish to return to the Specialized Program if the Program allows entry at different grades

Students will need to re-apply if they wish to return to the Alternative School.

There is currently a review of policies and procedures for Specialized Schools and Optional Attendance, as well as a Secondary Review process. Once these are completed, processes and timelines will be communicated.

Q: Will I be able to return to French Immersion/Extended French after attending the Regular Program in Virtual Learning for the 2022-2023 school year?

A: Consideration for re-entry to French Immersion/Extended French after an extended period of absence is subject to Operational Procedure PR597 and cannot be guaranteed. Re-entry is based on available space and where a student’s background in French is deemed to be equivalent. Length of absence and exposure to the French language may affect French language proficiency, skills, and thus re-entry.

Q: Will Special Education Intensive Support Programs be offered virtually (e.g., Learning Disability, Gifted, Developmental Disability)?

A: Yes, all Intensive Support Program (ISP) placements will be available in Virtual Learning classes for the 2022-2023 school year. Access to this level of support is by the decision of an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) or by the recommendation of a Special Education Program Recommendation Committee (SEPRC) in consultation with the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s). If you register for Virtual Learning and have already accepted a Program Placement for an Intensive Support Program, you will be contacted regarding the change in Placement Location to Virtual Learning.

Q: Will there be clubs, teams or other student activities in Virtual Learning?

A: Similar to In-Person schools, virtual extra-curricular activities including clubs and student leadership groups are based on student interest and available staff advisors. In addition, students will have an opportunity to participate as members on In-Person athletic teams at the Host School where the Virtual Learning class is located.

Student Supports

Q: What supports will be available for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?

A: The TDSB is committed to ensuring that accommodations and modifications as indicated in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) are met. Students will continue to be supported in Virtual Learning according to their IEPs. Ongoing communication between parents/guardians/caregivers and the educators is encouraged.

Q: Will there be support for English Language Learners in Virtual Learning?

A: Yes, similar to this school year, there will be support for English Language Learners to meet the goals of Virtual Learning in 2022-2023. Educators will ensure that programming is appropriate for students with varying needs and skills. LEAP will only be offered In-Person.

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