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Trustee Ward Updates

May, 2020 Trustee Newsletter
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April, 2020 Trustee Newsletter
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March, 2020 Trustee Newsletter
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February, 2020 Trustee Newsletter
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January, 2020 Trustee Newsletter
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November, 2019 Trustee Newsletter
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October, 2019 Trustee Newsletter
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September 18, 2019 
Proud to announce we at the Toronto District School Board have voted to provide free menstrual products to all students (free of cost to the Board)

‘Period poverty’ is the motivating factor behind the Toronto District School Board’s new policy of providing free menstrual products to students in elementary and secondary schools. The initiative is in partnership with the charitable organization, Physical and Health Education Canada, which will be providing the products at no charge to the TDSB. Period poverty refers to barriers faced by menstruating girls and women who are unable to access or afford feminine hygiene products. The adoption of this policy sends the message to all students that TDSB trustees are unanimous in supporting the health and well-being of TDSB students. Similar initiatives are also being explored at the provincial level, in hopes of getting all school Boards in the province to adopt a similar policy. The issue of readily available menstrual products in schools should not only be viewed as issue of economic access.  Rather, it is also very much about helping remove the stigma surrounding periods. The Toronto District School Board is currently working on the details of how to implement the initiative, but the plan is to provide the products this Fall starting with students in Grades 7-12.

 

May Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Supporting the range of emotions students of all age may be experiencing during this uncertain time is critical. Staff has created some key resources to help engage with and support our students. Healthy relationships are a vital component of health and well-being. There is compelling evidence that strong relationships contribute to a long, healthy, and happy life.

The Student Resources (https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Remote-Learning/Resources-During-Covid-19) website provides mental health and well-being resources, including relationships exercises for students. Don’t forget to find space for yourself, though too. Some of us are connected to others 24/7 right now. This close proximity can strengthen and stress relationships. Be gentle and kind to yourself and those around you.

Director’s Updates to Parents/Guardians: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

The Toronto District School Board is committed to keeping all parents/guardians updated on the impact of COVID-19 on schools and any developments with regard to remote learning. Below are the recent updates from Director of Education John Malloy:
  • Update on Remote Learning (https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1455/Remote-Learning-Update---Message-from-the-Director-of-Education )(May 1, 2020)
  • Extension of School Closures Announced (https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1451/Update-Extension-of-School-Closures-Announced)(April 26, 2020)
For on-going updates, more information and resources, please visit tdsb.on.ca/coronavirus and tdsb.on.ca/remote-learning.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Remote Learning

My family and work situation do not allow for me to provide designated support or time to help my child learn. What should I do?

We recognize that every family is in a different situation and has different time and ability to support their child. Educators will be considering all these scenarios and will strive to be thoughtful in how and when learning is delivered. Please work with your child’s teacher to help them understand what’s feasible, right now, in your home.

Will there be set hours for when my child has to participate in learning?

We recognize that timed learning may be difficult for a lot of families. One option for educators is to record live instruction and have it available during other times or have resources available any time. We hope students will be able to build connections with their teacher and classmates through some classroom-style online learning though, but we realize that may not be possible for everyone.

I requested a device and now I no longer need it. What should I do?

If you have not yet received your device and it is pending delivery, the only option is to refuse the delivery and it will be returned to the TDSB. If you have already accepted your device but no longer need it, we are not able to pick it up due to physical distancing requirements and ask that you keep it and return it to your school when schools reopen

I received a TDSB Chromebook but am having problems. Who can I contact?

To receive assistance with questions about logging in, account issues or connecting to wi-fi, please email studentdevicesupport@tdsb.on.ca please be sure to include your child’s name and school along with your name. Learn more here (https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Remote-Learning/Student-Device-Support). Questions about digital learning tools such as Google Classroom, Brightspace etc. along with questions about school work should be directed to your child’s teacher.

I only have one device at home and multiple children. How do I support their learning?

Setting an at-home schedule for each child may be helpful and helping their teachers understand the limitations will help ensure that non-digital options are also available to support learning

My child is in French Immersion. What supports are there for parents to help continue learning?

All French as a Second Language programs (FSL) are designed for families who do not speak French at home. Families may support their children in French Immersion/Extended French in much the same way they would in the English program. It is not necessary that families speak French for a child to continue learning at home. A family may create an account on IDELLO https://www.idello.org/en by selecting “Parent” or students can create an account using their TDSB email account. This would allow them to explore the resources on their own (parent or student). For additional French resources, families may explore the TDSB Virtual Library www.tdsb.on.ca/library.

Are students being assessed on this learning?

For elementary students, teachers will use approaches to gather evidence of student learning and will provide meaningful feedback to students on their progress. Evidence of significant improvement in learning, during the closure period, may be taken into consideration by the teacher when assigning a final grade in a subject area. Otherwise, students, in Grades 1 to 8, will be assigned the grades earned based on their learning of the expectations in the curriculum up until schools closed on March 13, 2020. All students, Kindergarten to Grade 8, will receive a June report card. Mid-term marks will be entered only for Grade 12 students by April 23, 2020, to meet the deadline to report grades to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). Marks will reflect work done up until March 13, 2020. However, formative assessments done post April 6 can be used to improve a student’s mark should students demonstrate further achievement of expectations.
For students in secondary school, teachers will assign learning tasks, projects and culminating activities. Teachers will communicate results and feedback to students about these marked assignments and results will inform students’ final course marks. Only demonstrated improvements in learning will be taken into consideration when assigning a final mark. Final marks will be entered in June, and will be based on work done until March 13, 2020, as well as after April 6, 2020. Summative and culminating tasks can be used for these final marks. All subjects a student is taking will be reported on in a June report card?

Will students be at risk of not graduating?

The Government of Ontario has made very clear that no student will have their graduation compromised by COVID-19 and the Ministry of Education continues to work with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to ensure that there will be no barriers to accessing post-secondary education.
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and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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