Will the TDSB be providing technology for students in Virtual School?
TDSB is committed to supporting all families who select Virtual Learning as their child’s learning model for the year by providing a loaned computing device (e.g. Chromebook, iPad) if required. There is a space on the online Selection Form where families can indicate if their child requires a device for Virtual Learning. Devices will be distributed to families by home schools for the 2021-22 school year.
If parents have chosen virtual learning in the fall, will they be able to attend the optional attendance school in February?
If a student was granted admission to an optional attendance school previously, it will be honoured, when they return to in-person learning.
If I decide to keep my child at home from in-person learning but do not want virtual learning, can an in-person teacher provide instruction to my child for completing at home?
Families have the option of selecting virtual learning or in-person learning. If families decide to Home School their children, they should fill out the appropriate application. Those who home school would not have instruction provided by the school.
Will the TDSB make provisions for students who are unable to stay online for the minimum amount of time each day?
At the current time, the Ministry of Education has indicated that school boards will be required to provide students learning remotely with 300 minutes of learning opportunities and adhere to requirements outlined in Policy/Program Memorandum No. 164. This policy outlines remote learning requirements for school boards, including providing access to remote learning devices and minimum synchronous learning time. This policy did allow for exemptions from minimum synchronous (“on screen”) learning time. We are awaiting updates to this Memorandum from the Ministry of Education and will share this information as soon as it is available.
What will Virtual Learning look like this year? Will it be similar to last year?
The Virtual Schools (elementary and secondary) that were in place for the 2020-21 school year will not be offered for the 2021-22 school year. Virtual Learning will be provided through home schools or grouped with students from a cluster of schools and will include live, online instruction involving teachers, staff, and students. More information will be available directly from schools in September. Learn more about Virtual Learning.
Will all programs of choice (e.g. French) be offered in remote learning? When would families find out?
Programming (French Immersion/Extended French/Specialized Programs/Alternative Schools) will proceed only if there is sufficient enrollment to offer the classes. This will be determined by the results of the selection form and availability of space. Visit the elementary and secondary pages to learn more.
Will optional attendance spots be held for students who chose virtual?
If a student was granted admission to an optional attendance school previously, it will be honoured when they return to in-person learning.