TDSB pushes back first day of school for most secondary students

Sep 10 2020, 8:25 am

The Toronto District School Board has delayed the restart date for most secondary students due to “complexities” with timetables and staffing.

On Wednesday, the decision was made during a virtual board meeting.

While most classes were supposed to begin on September 15, they will now be pushed back by two days for both in-person and virtual learning.

Elementary schools will have a staggered start for students over the first three days –September 15, 16 and 17.


For secondary students the schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 15, will see students attending Special Education Congregated Sites (York Humber HS, Central Etobicoke HS, Frank Oke SS, Maplewood HS, Drewry SS and Sir William Olser HS) and students attending Developmental Disability (DD) Intensive Support Programs in secondary schools.

These students will follow a semester schedule.

And on Thursday, September 17, all remaining secondary schools, including students attending Intensive Support Programs (Autism, PD, MID, LD, and Gifted) will start classes.

These students will follow a quadmester schedule.

“As we prepare to open our schools and welcome back students and staff, we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all school community members, while also providing the best academic experience possible for students, supporting mental health and well-being and considering the needs of families and staff,” the school board said.

The TDSB added that “most, if not all” secondary schools will be open on one of these two days and if there are “unique circumstances” that require additional time, those schools will contact families directly.

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