Peel District School Board delays start for online learning

Sep 14 2020, 9:01 am

The Peel District School Board has delayed the start of online learning after 10,000 students switched from in-person instruction.

Over the weekend, a letter was sent to parents that said 64,000 students are now enrolled in virtual learning after 10,000 kids enrolled last week.

Now, the school board says that classes will start on September 21 for elementary students and September 22 for secondary students, a week’s delay.

The board needs to hire additional staff to teach the students.

“Due to this recent increase in online enrolment, we require additional time to staff online classes and reconfigure timetables to ensure an equitable and successful start for all staff and students online,” the letter states.

Halton District School Board also announced that virtual schools will have a delayed start, with classes beginning on Wednesday instead of Monday due to “recent and increased demand of the virtual learning model and the time required to complete school start-up tasks.”

“Virtual School administrators and staff are working as quickly as possible to build classes and assign teachers to them,” the board said.

And last week, the Toronto District School Board delayed virtual learning for students by two days, to have them start on September 17 instead of September 15.

“Due to the large number of families who have selected Virtual School (more than 66,000 students), we require additional time to staff and timetable to ensure a more consistent opening for all staff and students. As a result, all students, including those in Special Education classes, attending Virtual School (elementary and secondary) will begin on Thursday, September 17,” the school board said last week.

According to the province, there have been 15 confirmed cases to date, with five being students and 10 being staff.

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