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Switching Between In-Person Learning and Virtual Learning

Families may decide to switch between in-person and virtual learning at key dates throughout the year. The key entry dates have been determined based on formal reporting and assessment periods throughout the school year, and quadmester/semester changes.

It is important to note that, for health and safety reasons, and because of the impact switching would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation, transitions between in-person and virtual learning can only take place at these key dates.


Elementary students may request to switch between In-Person Learning and the Virtual School at the following key dates. Please see the most recent information in the parent/guardian update below:

If you have opted out of board-provided student transportation, you can opt back in, if previously eligible, by contacting your school.

Opportunity to Change

Date the Change of Class
would Take Effect

Deadline for Requesting Change

#1: Approximately One Month into School Year

October 13, 2020 (day after Thanksgiving)

September 30, 2020 at 4 p.m.

#2: Following Progress Reporting Period
Not offered

November 23, 2020

November 6, 2020

#3: Following Distribution of First Provincial Report Card

February 16, 2021 (day after Family Day Holiday)

January 29, 2021



With more than 18,000 secondary students currently enrolled in the TDSB’s Virtual Secondary School, we cannot accommodate any additional students without a significant reorganization of the system -- something that would have a negative impact on our in-person schools and result in many courses having to be collapsed or eliminated.


Our goal is to maintain stability for both in-person schools and the Virtual School, and to continue offering the courses that students need. As a result, we will be changing how virtual learning is delivered to students who request to switch to virtual learning for  Quadmester 2. 


While the Virtual School will continue to operate and support its existing students, students who would like to switch from in-person to virtual learning for Quadmester 2 will be accommodated with a virtual option at their current in-person school.


Deadline to Request a Change Date the Change Would Take Effect
Before October 28, 2020 @ 4 p.m.

Quad 2 start - November 23, 2020

Before January 5, 2021 @ 4 p.m.

Quad 3 start - February 8, 2021

Before March 23, 2021 @ 4 p.m.

Quad 4 start - April 23, 2021


What is the process for students currently enrolled to attend in-person who would like to switch to a virtual (learn at home) model?
Students who are registered at in-person schools who would like to switch to the virtual model at  their school will be provided with more information from their school, including a form to indicate what they would like to do.

What will school-based virtual learning look like at my school?

The school-based virtual learning model at your school will vary from class to class, and will depend on factors such as the number of students wishing to learn virtually and the available courses. In some cases, there will be enough students to offer an entire class virtually. In other cases, the class will be split into virtual and in-person cohorts.


Can students currently in the Virtual School switch back to their home school for virtual (learn at home) or in-person learning?
Students who are currently registered in the Virtual School and would like to return to their in-person school must contact the guidance counsellor at their in-person school by October 28, 2020 to see if a timetable can be created for the specific courses they have requested for Quadmesters 2, 3 and 4. If a timetable can be created, a transfer to the in-person school will be facilitated. Please note that space may be limited and a transfer may not be possible.

I have already made a request to switch back to my in-person school for Quadmester 2. Do I need to make this request again?
If you have already made a request to switch back to your in-person school for Quadmester 2, please contact your school again to confirm this request.

When do these changes take effect?
These change take effect at the start of Quadmester 2 on November 23, 2020.

Will anything change for students already enrolled in the TDSB Secondary Virtual School in Quadmester 2?
No. The Virtual School will continue support its existing students.

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