Toronto school board delays virtual classes until September 22

Henrietta Strickland
September 15, 2020

Last week the board indicated that 29 percent of elementary students an 15 per cent of high school students had opted to stay home.

Students were originally supposed to begin online school on Monday, but in a letter sent to parents on the weekend, the board said elementary students will now be starting those "live" classes on September 21 and high school students will begin September 22.

Some Ontario school boards are delaying the start of virtual learning due to a growing demand for online education in the run-up to back-to-school.

That board says it working through a "significant" waitlist for virtual school and advised people who are now attending in-person classes to continue doing so, as some virtual classes are full.

The quadmester system, where students study two subjects at a time for about two months, is being used by a number of boards during the reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said that it will also give students and their families more time to familiarize themselves with the online learning platform they will be utilizing this academic year.

"I want to thank you for your patience as we move through this process. I know the waiting is not easy, but this additional time will allow us to better prepare for your children's return to school", she wrote.

The Project Restart plan all depends on scientific data and public health recommendations on when it is safe to return to the classroom.

Another school board meeting is scheduled for September 14 where the board is expected to discuss the return of other grades to the classroom.

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