TDSB planning for full return to in-class learning in September

Mar 5 2021, 1:11 pm

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is preparing for a full return to in-class learning this September.

Ryan Bird, a spokesperson from the TDSB, told Daily Hive that the Ministry of Education has asked school boards to plan for no COVID-related funding, meaning they must plan for for in-person learning.

However, Bird said, this will depend on the status of the pandemic and the advice of public health officials.

“As a result, the TDSB is making contingency plans for the need for remote, virtual learning in addition to in-person learning should this be necessary,” he said.

Bird also mentioned that currently, around 160,000 students in the province are in class with 80,000 choosing to learn remotely.

The TDSB also released survey results from parents and students on how protected they feel in schools. Results show 89% of parents and 81% of students felt protected from getting COVID-19 because of the health and safety precautions that were being taken at their school.

But, just 20% of staff reported feeling safe at work from contracting the virus.

In the last two weeks, 1,196 COVID-19 cases have been reported from Ontario schools. The current number of schools with a case is over 700 out of 4,828 schools in the province.

There are 193 schools in Toronto with reported cases since in-class learning reopened in mid-February.

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