The Toronto District School Board released their education model for the school year which allows students to switch between in-person and virtual learning at various points throughout the year.
Before school starts, parents of elementary students must choose between in-person or virtual learning for their child, before the school year begins in under three weeks.
But if parents decide they want to switch between the two they can do so starting October 13. According to the TDSB, deadlines to switch are September 30, November 6, and January 29, 2021.
The school board has also finalized the capped class sizes for schools considered to be in high-risk communities with virus spread, meaning junior and senior kindergarten classes capped at 15 and classes for grades 1 to 8 capped at 20.
In all other schools with less risk, junior and senior kindergarten classes will be capped at 27, grades 1 to 3 classes will be capped at 20, and classes for grades 4 to 8 will be capped at 27.
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But the board did note that class size caps can fluctuate once the number of students returning to in-person learning has been confirmed.
Ontario’s $309 million back-to-school plan has received criticism for some time, as it did not reduce the sizes of elementary classes.
The province then “unlocked” $500 million in reserve funds for school boards to use, to help maintain the physical distancing needed in classrooms.
Lecce also allowed for school boards to have staggered start times to reduce the number of children entering schools at the same time.
TDSB will now start a week later on September 15 and have staggered start times for different grades for the first week back.
On Wednesday, the federal government provided $2 billion to provinces for education needs, of which an initial payment of $381 million will be provided to Ontario.