The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is asking for families to prepare for virtual learning after the winter break.
On Wednesday, the school board sent a letter to families saying as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Toronto, “so too does the possibility of individual classes, schools or the system moving to remote learning for a period of time.”
“As a result, we want to be as prepared as possible. It is important to note that any decision on the closure of a school or the system is made based on the advice of public health officials or the provincial government and is not made by the TDSB. We have received no indication that schools will close; however, we do want to make sure we are prepared to implement any decision smoothly and efficiently and continue to support our students’ learning and well-being,” the letter read.
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The TDSB asked for parents to ensure they have a working device at home and access to the online learning materials.
The board also asked for families to ensure that personal belongings in the schools are brought home.
Additionally, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce reportedly warned students and staff to take home necessary materials from school before winter break in case remote learning is extended in the New Year.
So far, 12 TDSB schools have closed due to COVID-cases.
On Wednesday, Toronto reported its highest-single day case count since the pandemic began with 850.
The city has been in a 28-day lockdown since November 23, with the expiry date coming December 21. However, Mayor John Tory said that he is calling for more restrictions when the lockdown ends.