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Questions & Answers: Secondary 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 secondary 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: The school day for Virtual students will be the same as the school day for those students learning In-Person. Students will attend two morning classes, each of them 75 minutes long. Virtual students will then get a break for lunch and then begin their two afternoon classes which will also be 75 minutes long.

In 2022-2023, Virtual Learning will have 2 semesters and 4 periods per day. There is 300 minutes of instruction per day which is the same as in-person schools. The tentative schedule is below:

 

Day 1
(assigned to odd
calendar days)
e.g. September 7

Day 2
(assigned to even
calendar days)
e.g. September 8

9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Class A* Class A*
10:25 - 11:40 a.m. Class B Class B
11:40 - 12:40 p.m. LUNCH LUNCH
12:40 - 1:55 p.m. Class C Class D
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Class D Class C

Eligibility

Q: Who can register for Virtual Learning?

A: All students from Grade 9 to 12 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 all courses be offered in Secondary Virtual School?

A: Course availability in Virtual School, like all secondary schools, is based on viable student enrollment and timetabling. Information and course descriptions are available for students and parents to review prior to registering in Virtual School as not all courses are offered. The following courses are examples of courses that will not be offered in Virtual School:

  • Technological education courses such as transportation, construction, hairstyling & aesthetics
  • Vocal music
  • Instrumental music
  • Health and physical education courses such as aquatics, racquet sports, large group activities

Please see the link herefor courses and descriptions that will be on the Course Selection Form that will be given to all students who register for Virtual School. For Gifted Course Selections click here. For Non-Credit granting courses (K courses) click here.

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 School 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 with their former In-Person school, or school by address for students in Grade 9 in September 2022, as members on In-Person athletic teams.

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 and supported.

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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