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Elementary

School-Year-2021-22

Elementary School

Instructional Model for In-Person and Virtual Learning: In all elementary schools there will be in-person classes and dedicated virtual learning classes. Where numbers are small in an individual school, virtual classrooms will be created from a cluster of schools in the Learning Network/Learning Centre. Simultaneous learning (educators teaching lessons for both in-person and virtual students at the same time) will not be the model implemented but in exceptional circumstances may be used as a solution to meet student needs.   

Class Size: Classroom caps and system averages for in-person and virtual are being honoured and all classes will be staffed, based on these caps. When selection form results are finalized, approaches to differentiated staffing will be considered. 

Virtual LearningThere will be virtual learning classes with dedicated teachers. Superintendents and Principals will work together to form virtual classes, which may include students from the local school and a cluster of other local schools. Virtual learning classes will be comprised of straight and combined grades and in some cases there is potential for triple combined grade classes (as for in-person learning as well). Virtual learning classes follow the daily schedule of the school to which the virtual learning teacher is assigned (e.g. start and end times). 


Practices and Protocols 

Below are the TDSB-specific guidelines, practices and protocols for a number of areas:

MasksAs of March 21, masks will be strongly encouraged in TDSB schools, though not required, except in the following circumstances: 

  • For days 6-10 after a self-isolation period of five days after a COVD-19 diagnosis. Learn more.
  • If you are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Learn more.
  • In public spaces, including schools and childcares, for the first 14 days following travel outside of Canada for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children under 11. Learn more.

TDSB schools will continue to be mask-friendly environments. Masks will still be available to both staff and students upon request. Classroom environments will be inclusive of all students.  

Daily ScreeningToronto Public Health has updated its screening for children/students/adults to align with the new direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health with respect to isolation guidelines and masking requirements following a COVID-19 diagnosis or identification of being a close contact. Please do a daily self-assessment with this screening tool before coming to school and follow the isolation guidelines and other requirements, such as masking, as necessary. On-site verification is no longer required.

LunchAs cohorting is no longer required, schools now have the flexibility to maintain aspects of current practice or change lunch procedures based on local needs.

RecessAs cohorting is no longer required, schools now have the flexibility to maintain aspects of current practice or change recess procedures based on local needs.

AssembliesLimitations on in-person gatherings and assemblies are now removed; therefore, schools can plan and host in-person events (e.g., proms, graduation ceremonies, and assemblies).

Extra-curricular Activities: As cohorting is no longer required, schools can now implement a full slate of extra-curricular activities as resources allow (i.e. staff, volunteers). There is no limit on the number of activities students may participate in.

Nutrition Programs and Food ServicesTDSB snack and lunch programs (funded through the Toronto Foundation for Student Success) and external events (such as pizza lunch) and use of approved “hot lunch” providers are permitted. 

School Councils: In consultation with the principal, School Councils may continue virtual or resume in-person meetings.


French Immersion/Extended French

In-Person Learning

  • Students in French language programs (FI/EF) will be welcomed back with the intent of supporting continued progress in their chosen program. 
  • The Early French Immersion (EFI), Middle French Immersion (MFI) and Extended French (EF) programs will operate as usual during In-Person Learning for students already enrolled in an intensive French language program. 
  • Programming may be provided to classes made up of straight and/or combined grades with the potential of triple combined grade classes, if required.

Virtual Learning

  • Programming (e.g., French Immersion/Extended French) will proceed only if there is sufficient enrollment to offer classes. 
  • Programming may be provided to classes made up of straight and/or combined grades with the potential of triple combined grade classes, if required.
  • If there is sufficient enrollment, the Early French Immersion (EFI), Middle French Immersion (MFI) and Extended French (EF) programming will be offered in a Virtual Learning class by Learning Centre to students already enrolled in these programs.
  • Virtual Learning classes will be assigned to specific schools that already house the specific French program(s) and may include students from the local school and/or a cluster of local school. 
  • If a French Virtual Learning class is not available (i.e. due to insufficient enrollment), a student may be accommodated in In-Person Learning French at the student’s current French school of record. If the student would like to remain in Virtual Learning, they will be placed in an English Virtual Learning class, and given an opportunity to switch to an In-Person French class at the February switch (if space allows).

Special Education

We are committed to inclusion and ensuring students are supported in regular classrooms with appropriate special education services at their home school. We also recognize that some students with unique strengths and areas for growth may require more specialized or intensive support programs.   

In-Person Learning:  Students receiving special education program and/or services in regular classes or students in an Intensive Support Program (ISP) will continue to be supported by classroom teachers, special education teachers, support staff, and itinerant special education staff.

Virtual Learning:  Students in Regular class who require Resource support (e.g., Indirect Support, Resource Assistance, Withdrawal Assistance) and are learning virtually, will access the Resource teacher attached to the school of the virtual teacher. Elementary ISPs (excluding Gifted) will proceed with simultaneous learning for students who have selected virtual learning. Gifted ISPs have been clustered into LC virtual classes; Teachers who will be teaching virtual Gifted ISP will remain attached to their homeschool. Secondary ISPs (including Gifted) will proceed with simultaneous learning for students who have selected virtual learning and remain connected to their homeschool.

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