Declaration of Learning Models 2022-2023

The Ministry of Education has directed all school boards in Ontario to offer in-person and virtual learning models for the 2022-2023 school year. While we believe that in-person learning best supports students, we also recognize that some families may want their child to continue to learn remotely by virtual means. Our priority is to provide options while providing stability for families and students.

It is important to note that the learning model chosen will be in effect for the entire 2022-23 school year. Large movements of students between In-Person Learning and Virtual Learning can cause considerable disruptions to many students, including those who are not changing learning model themselves. Preserving peer and student/ staff connection and relationships, and the continuity of teaching and learning for students, is critical. Therefore, your choice of In-Person Learning or Virtual Learning will represent a full-year commitment. 

TVDSB families who currently have students enrolled in elementary virtual or secondary Full Remote programming, may make a request for virtual learning through the parent portal by April 13th, 2022.

TVDSB families who do not currently have students enrolled in elementary virtual or secondary Full Remote programming, may make a request for virtual learning by calling or emailing their child's home school by April 13, 2022.

New registrants to the Thames Valley District School Board may declare their learning model for the 2022-2023 when they register their children.

Virtual Learning Model 

  • Students will engage in synchronous learning throughout the day with online interaction with their TVDSB teacher/staff assigned to their virtual class/ course.
  • Students are expected to participate fully in the virtual learning program this means full, daily attendance as would be expected for in person learning.
  • Assignments and assessments are completed digitally/virtually.
  • TVDSB’s ability to offer French Immersion programming in a virtual learning format will depend on the number of students who express an interest in virtual French Immersion. A decision will be made as soon as possible and communicated to families.
  • Students will be combined with students from other elementary and secondary schools in Thames Valley. Elementary Students may be temporarily designated a new home school as a virtual student to that Host Virtual School. Secondary students will still have the opportunity to graduate from their home secondary school. Secondary course offerings in a virtual format in specific subject areas such as technology, business, dance and music are very limited. Other secondary course offerings may also be limited depending on the number of secondary students who express an interest in secondary Full Remote Learning.
  • Elementary virtual classes do not include physical education or dance. These subjects are not taught, assessed or evaluated for students enrolled in Elementary virtual classes.
  • Adult supervision at home is required for Elementary Virtual Learners.
  • Brightspace will continue to be the digital learning platform for students in Thames Valley virtual classes/ courses.
  • Extra-curriculars, such as athletics and arts clubs, etc., may not be available to students in virtual programs; families should consider student needs for these aspects of their school experience prior to declaring their intent for virtual programming for the entire school year.

Next Steps

As parents and caregivers of current virtual learners, if you wish to declare your child(ren) to be in virtual learning for the entire 2022-2023 school year, please complete the Virtual Learning Model Declaration in the TVDSB Parent Portal ( The Declaration will allow you to select your child’s name and indicate whether your child will be returning to In-Person Learning or Virtual Learning in September. This information is important for our planning and staffing purposes.

A separate entry must be completed for each child and is required for both elementary and secondary students. The deadline to complete this form is April 13th. If you are new to the Parent Portal, instructions are provided below.  

If you have difficulties accessing the Parent Portal, please contact your school.

We promise to keep our families informed and will continue to provide regular updates.  

New to Using the Parent Portal?   

Parents or caregivers who are new to using the Thames Valley District School Board Parent Portal are asked to visit the TVDSB Parent Portal to create an account using the email address registered at their child’s school. An online video is available on the login page to assist with the account creation process. 

Thames Valley continues to focus on supporting the health, safety and well-being of students, families and staff and we are excited to welcome everyone back in September 2022 to either in-person or full remote learning.

We will continue to provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

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