January 5, 2022: Message to Secondary Parents/Caregivers and Students
November 29, 2021: Message to Secondary Parents/Caregivers and Students
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does everyone need to complete the Switch Form?
A: No. Only students requesting a switch in method of instruction need to complete a Switch Form.
Q: Where can I find the Trillium student number?
A: The Trillium number is the student number used to log in to a 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 it to you. Do not use the Ontario Education Number (OEN), which is located on the Report Card.
Q: Are all switch requests guaranteed?
A: While we cannot guarantee that all requests for a switch can be met, it is our goal to accommodate as many as possible based on available programs and space (e.g. French Immersion, Extended French, Specialized Programs, Alternative Schools, other limited circumstances).
Q: Can I request virtual learning if I don’t have a computer/internet at home?
A: Yes, please indicate this on the Switch Form. Your school will then connect with you prior to the Switch Date to provide a device to you if needed. The school will complete a form requesting internet access if needed.
Q: Can I change my mind later in the school year?
A: The Secondary Switch Form (open from November 29 to December 6, 2021 and reopened from January 5 to 7, 2022) is the only opportunity to request a switch to Virtual Learning/In-Person for the 2021-22 school year. Secondary classes will reflect changes due to switches beginning on February 3, 2022. Students have the option to return to in-person learning at their home school if they choose not to continue with their Semester 2 virtual timetable, space permitting.
Q: Will all courses be offered to students both in-person and virtually?
A: We look forward to welcoming students back in-person as much as possible as we return to a regular semester. We are encouraged that vaccinations in this age group continue to increase; and overall the rate is high. In Semester 2, courses that are hands-on, for example, most Technology and Physical & Health Education courses will generally only be offered in person.
Q: Will students be expected to keep their cameras on during Semester Two virtual learning?
A: Student engagement is enhanced when students see one another as they interact with their teacher and peers. Students learning virtually in Semester 2 are expected to have their cameras on during class time. Zoom Backgrounds are available to students for privacy. By having cameras on, we will build human connection with one another which supports learning and a strong sense of community. Students can speak with a guidance counsellor, vice principal or principal if there are concerns.
If a student does not have a device with a camera and mic, please indicate that a device is needed on the Switch Form. If a student is already learning virtually and does not have a device with a camera and mic, they can speak with their school principal or vice principal to request an appropriate device.