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Visit the 2021-22 school year secondary page for the most up to date information and details.

What does a modified semester look like?

During the school year, all TDSB secondary schools will be following a modified semester. The school year calendar and daily schedule has now been finalized. Students will take four courses, two each during alternating weeks. They will continue to be cohorted but will now be part of four cohorts (one for each class). Learn more about modified semesters here.

Will there be a hybrid (i.e. simultaneous) model?

In secondary, there will be in-person classes, dedicated virtual learning classes, and classrooms with simultaneous learning (educators teaching lessons for both in-person and virtual students at the same time) to maintain students’ access to programming and connection to school communities.

What is the cohorting for high school?

The Ministry guidance provides the opportunity for two classes (i.e. cohorts) per day.  TDSB will follow a modified semester with alternating weeks, where students will take two courses in the first week and two other courses in the second week.

Why are elementary and secondary students cohorting, but gatherings such as assemblies and extra curriculars still permitted? 

TDSB is creating protocols to maintain cohorts as much as possible in consultation with Toronto Public Health. However, the Ministry of Education’s COVID 19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022) allows for cohorts to interact under specific circumstances (e.g. lunch or during co-curricular activities). 

Elementary Schools: Elementary students in TDSB schools will continue to eat in classrooms.

Secondary Schools: The high vaccination rates among 12 to 18 year olds, use of the modified semester timetable, and the additional health and safety protocols set out conditions for safer interactions among secondary students when/if they interact outside of their cohort. TDSB is considering additional protocols to maintain cohorts, where appropriate, in consultation with TPH and provincial subject associations (i.e. Ontario Physical & Health Education Association and the Arts). 

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