The Toronto District School Board decided to use the “term” system for adolescents throughout the 2021-2022 school year, saying it needed a “secondary schedule that meets both health measures. planned public and student needs ”.
The Department of Education last week urged school boards to use the model, whereby students take two courses at a time over four terms, as opposed to the typical four courses per semester, or the eight least used courses. from September to June.
For Toronto teens, the move means they will continue to take two classes from September to mid-November, and again from mid-November to January, from February to mid-April, and then from mid-April. at the end of June – the same schedule they have been on this school year.
“This model will provide students with certainty for the start of the year and allow a common entry point for all students, especially those who may transfer from one school to another or start high school for the next year. first time, ”the board said in an email. parents.
“… We must, of course, remain flexible and nimble, and we must continue to follow the guidelines given by the Toronto Department of Education and Public Health. If anything changes, we’ll continue to keep you informed. “
The council also said it will seek feedback from students as the plans progress.
In a May 4 memo to boards, the Department of Education told boards they will need to continue offering students the virtual learning option and give families until June 1 to decide whether children will attend in person or learn online.
“As in 2020-2021, school boards should plan to operate full-time elementary schools in person,” the ministry wrote.
“Elementary students should continue to be cohorted with their classmates and their homeroom teacher. Specialist teachers, for courses like French as a second language / English (in French language school boards), arts, health and physical education, can always come into classrooms to offer the full scope programming for students.
In secondary schools, “Boards should adopt secondary scheduling methods that place as much emphasis on the student cohort as possible and limit the amount of student contact. School boards will be required to limit schedules to two in-person lessons (such as quadmestering), with the exception of schools where contact may be limited by grade cohort or if the overall school size is small. which makes contact tracing manageable.
The memo adds that while “the intention is to plan for full-time face-to-face learning in high schools … boards are also encouraged to put in place plans to switch to other delivery channels if necessary, everything by providing students with access to the full range of courses. “
The York Region District School Board recently said its teachers will teach in-person as well as live lessons to children who opt for virtual learning, but if there are enough students separate classes could. be organized.
“Through the feedback, families told us their priorities include getting students connected to their home school, being able to more easily transition from distance learning to in-person learning, and Access to distance learning continuity as needed, ”said Education Director Louise Sirisko in a letter posted on the council’s website. “Thanks to the hybrid model, families will continue to have the option of choosing between in-person and distance learning, and the placement of all students will be in their home school.”
The fall news comes as the Ontario government continues to fight over whether to reopen schools in areas with low COVID counts next month, and as a growing number of top pediatric experts of the country say so, as the current social isolation is wreaking havoc. children.
All schools were closed by the province for in-person classes in mid-April, indefinitely.
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