Return to Learn Updates

June 17, 2021 - Pop-Up Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Upcoming school-based Pop-Up Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics and how to book an appointment for your child and family at a Pop-Up Community Clinic

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most important thing we can all do to protect ourselves and our community from the ongoing pandemic. With that in mind, the Middlesex-London Health Unit has partnered with the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board to offer Pop-Up Community Clinics for youth and their families. These clinics are intended to provide an opportunity for those who have been unable to attend a mass vaccination clinic in London or Middlesex County to receive their first dose of vaccine.

This letter includes a list of the upcoming Pop-Up Community Clinics, and the dates and times when they will be held. Your child does not have to attend the school where the clinic is being held in order for members of your family to book an appointment. You are welcome to book an appointment at the clinic that is most convenient for your family.

Here’s how to book an appointment:

Some key things to keep in mind when booking and preparing for the vaccination appointment at a Pop-up Community Clinic:

  • All those attending the clinics must be 12 years of age or older on the day of their vaccine appointment. However, the appointment may be booked prior to their 12th birthday.
  • Be sure to bring identification for each person being vaccinated, which includes their date of birth (such as a health card, passport or birth certificate) when you come to the clinic.
  • While it is not required, a parent, guardian, or caregiver can accompany a child to their vaccination appointment.

Tips for families who are looking to book as a group:

  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers who have not yet been vaccinated are also encouraged to book a first dose appointment. Try booking appointments for your family using multiple devices at the same time.
  • Each member of your group or family will need a separate vaccination appointment. 
  • Please note that second dose appointments will be booked automatically at the clinic.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s website at www.healthunit.com, or read the MLHU’s Guide to Vaccination for Youth Aged 12-17: www.healthunit.com/uploads/guide-to-covid-19-vaccination-for-youth-aged-12-17.pdf

Make sure your child has a big meal, drinks lots of water and wears a short sleeve shirt when they come for their vaccination appointment. They may also want to bring their favourite device with them (with headphones) to help them relax! 

Sincerely, Dr. Christopher Mackie

 

List of Pop-Up Community Clinics:

  • Monday, June 21: Sir Arthur Carty Catholic Elementary School: 1655 Ernest Avenue, London, ON N6E 2S3, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 22: John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, 1300 Oxord Street East, London, ON N5V 4P7, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 23: Westminster Secondary School, 230 Base Line Road West, London, ON N6J 1W1, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Thursday, June 24: Clarke Road Secondary School, 300 Clarke Road, London, ON N5W 5N4, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Friday June 25: North Middlesex District High School, 100 Parkhill Main Street, Parkhill, ON N0M 2K0, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 29: Montcalm Secondary School, 1350 Highbury Avenue North, London, ON N5Y 1B5, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 30: Sir Fredrick Banting Secondary School, 125 Sherwood Forest Square, London, ON N6G 2C3, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Monday, July 5: Glencoe District High School, 3581 Concession Street, Glencoe, ON N0L 1M0, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 6: Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, 361 Second Street, Strathroy, ON, N7G 3H8, 1:30pm to 6:30pm

Please note: second dose clinics will take place at the same schools at the 56-day interval, and are scheduled August 16th to 20th, and August 23rd to 27th

June 11, 2021 - Year-End Update (Elementary In-Person Families)

TVDSB Year-End Update for our Elementary Families (In-Person Learning)

As the school year comes to a close we have a number of updates to communicate to our families. We know this year has been difficult and appreciate how adaptable and understanding our students and families have been.

Year-End Recognitions/Grade 8 Graduation 
As previously communicated, schools have been busy planning opportunities for virtual recognitions for our Grade 8 graduates. Recent guidance from the Ministry of Education will allow schools to provide scheduled, outdoor, in-person gatherings for all grades. For those students who are available, we want to give you an opportunity to connect with your peers and teachers and end this challenging year in a positive way. 

For our graduating students, these outdoor, in-person gatherings will be in addition to currently planned virtual recognitions. These short, in-person opportunities will also allow for the retrieval of personal items, report card distribution, and the return of Board materials and devices. Please note that all health and safety requirements will be in place (i.e., screening of students, masks, hand hygiene).

Schools will communicate directly with families specific information on when these outdoor, in-person year-end recognitions will occur.

TVDSB Loaned Device Return
Families who have TVDSB-loaned student computing devices are asked to return these devices at the end of June to their home schools. It is hoped that this will occur during the outdoor, in-person year-end recognitions.

Students who are participating in TVDSB summer learning programs will have an opportunity to return these devices to regional sites at the end of summer school. Students who have declared that they will be involved in TVDSB remote learning next year may keep these loaned devices for the upcoming school year. 

Please note - Data plans on any loaned internet-enabled devices will be de-activated for the summer months. Students who have loaned internet-enabled devices and are participating in summer learning programs will have access to the TVDSB data plan for the month of July.

More specific information about device drop-off times and locations will be provided to families from their school Principal or from the summer school administrators.

Report Cards and Retrieval of Personal Belongings
Students will have an opportunity to retrieve their personal belongings and receive their Kindergarten Communication of Learning Report or their final Report Card from their school at the end of June. It is hoped that this will occur during the outdoor, in-person year-end recognitions. More information will be provided to families by your school. 

Students Unable to Attend Year-End Recognitions
Schools will communicate additional opportunities to return loaned devices and retrieve personal belongings and report cards to those families unable to attend outdoor, in-person year-end recognitions.

We are proud of all our students for their dedication to learning and their accomplishments this past school year. 

Please watch for more information from your schools regarding recognition opportunities for our graduating students and personal belonging retrieval, TVDSB device drop off and Report Card distribution. 

Thames Valley District School Board

June 11, 2021 - Year-End Update (Elementary Full Remote Learners)

TVDSB Year-End Update for our Elementary Families (Full-Remote Learning) 

As the school year comes to a close we have a number of updates to communicate to our Full Remote families. We know this year has been difficult and appreciate how adaptable and understanding our students and families have been.

Grade 8 Graduation 
For our Grade 8 Graduates who are in Full Remote Learning, invitations will be extended to those who wish to participate or engage in any virtual or short, outdoor, in-person year-end recognitions held by your home school. These invitations are only for our Grade 8 graduates in recognition of their graduation from Elementary school. Please contact your home school for more information.

TVDSB Loaned Device Return 
Families who have TVDSB-loaned student computing devices are asked to return these devices at the end of June to their home schools. Families who are returning devices are asked to contact their home school for information about device drop off times and dates. Students who have declared that they will be involved in TVDSB remote learning next year may keep these loaned devices for the upcoming school year.  

Students who are participating in TVDSB Summer Learning Programs will have an opportunity to return these devices to regional sites at the end of summer school. Summer school administrators will provide information about drop off times and locations at the conclusion of summer learning programs. 

Please note - Data plans on loaned internet-enabled devices will be de-activated for the summer months. Students who have loaned internet-enabled devices and are participating in summer learning programs will have access to the TVDSB data plan for the month of July.

Report Cards
At the end of June, the designated primary contact for each student will receive an email that contains a secure link to your child’s password-protected report card. The password to open the file will be your child’s unique and confidential Ontario Education Number (OEN), which is located on past Report Cards, the Kindergarten Communication of Learning, and Progress Reports. If you are unable to locate your child’s OEN, or if you are unable to print your Report Card and would like a copy, please contact your home school.

We are proud of all our students for their dedication to their learning and what they have accomplished this past school year. 

Please watch for more information from your schools regarding recognition opportunities for our graduating students, TVDSB device drop off and Report Card distribution. 

Thames Valley District School Board

June 11, 2021 - Year-End Update (Secondary In-Person Learners)

TVDSB Year-End Update for our Secondary Families (In-Person Learning) 

As the school year comes to a close, we have a number of updates to communicate to our families. We know this year has been difficult and appreciate how adaptable and understanding our students and families have been throughout this challenging year. 

Year-End Recognitions
As previously communicated, schools have been busy planning opportunities for virtual recognitions for graduating students. Recent guidance from the Ministry of Education will allow schools to provide scheduled, outdoor, in-person gatherings by class. For those students who are available, we want to give you an opportunity to connect with your peers and teachers and end this challenging year in a positive way. 

For our graduating students, these short, in-person gatherings may be in addition to any currently planned virtual Commencement ceremonies that have been planned for June.  For those schools who traditionally plan a Fall Commencement, more details will be provided by individual schools in September. Schools will communicate with families directly with more information on when these gatherings will occur. Please note that all health and safety requirements will be in place (i.e., screening of students, masks, hand hygiene).

These opportunities will also allow for the retrieval of personal items and the return of Board materials and devices. 

TVDSB Loaned Device Return 
Families who have TVDSB-loaned student computing devices are asked to return these devices at the end of June to their home schools. It is hoped that this will occur in conjunction with year-end recognitions. 

Students who are participating in TVDSB summer learning programs will have an opportunity to return these devices to regional sites at the end of summer school. Students who have declared that they will be involved in TVDSB full remote learning next year may keep these loaned devices for the upcoming school year.  

Please note - Data plans on any loaned internet-enabled devices will be de-activated for the summer months. Students who have loaned internet-enabled devices who are participating in summer learning programs will have access to the TVDSB data plan for the month of July. 

More specific information about device drop-off times and locations will be provided to families from their school principal or from summer school administrators. 

Retrieval of Personal Belongings and Return of Board Materials
Students will have an opportunity to retrieve their personal belongings and return Board materials (such as text books, musical instruments, etc.) at the end of June. It is hoped that this will occur in conjunction with year-end recognitions. More information will be provided to families by your school.

Report Cards 
Secondary student report cards will be distributed electronically. At the end of June, the designated primary contact for each student (or students 18 and over) will receive an email that contains a secure link to you/your child’s password-protected report card. The password to open the file will be your child’s unique and confidential Ontario Education Number (OEN), which is located on past report cards and in the Parent Portal. 

If you are unable to locate your child’s OEN, or if you are unable to print the report card and would like a copy, please contact your home school. 

Students Unable to Attend Year-End Recognitions 
Schools will communicate additional opportunities to return loaned devices and retrieve personal belongings to those students and families unable to attend planned year-end recognitions. 

We are proud of all our students for their dedication to learning and their accomplishments this past school year. Please watch for more information from your schools regarding these upcoming in-person opportunities. 

Thames Valley District School Board 

June 11, 2021 - Year-End Update (Secondary Full Remote Learners)

TVDSB Year-End Update for our Secondary Families (Full-Remote Learning)  

As the school year comes to a close we have a number of updates to communicate to our full-remote families. We know this year has been difficult and appreciate how adaptable and understanding our students and families have been throughout this challenging year.  

Graduation Recognitions
For our Graduates who are in Full Remote Learning, invitations will be extended to students who wish to participate or engage in any virtual or in-person year-end recognitions with their home school. These invitations are only for our graduates in recognition of their graduation from Secondary school. Families are encouraged to connect with their home school for more information.

TVDSB Loaned Device Return
Families who have TVDSB-loaned student computing devices are asked to return these devices at the end of June to their home schools. 

Students who are participating in TVDSB summer learning programs will have an opportunity to return these devices to regional sites at the end of summer school. Students who have declared that they will be involved in TVDSB remote learning next year may keep these loaned devices for the upcoming school year.   

Please note - Data plans on any loaned internet-enabled devices will be deactivated for the summer months. Students who have loaned internet-enabled devices who are participating in summer learning programs will have access to the TVDSB data plan for the month of July. 

Families are asked to contact their home schools or summer school administrator for information about device drop off times and locations.   

Report Cards 
Secondary student report cards will be distributed electronically. At the end of June, the designated primary contact for each student (or students 18 and over) will receive an email that contains a secure link to you/your child’s password-protected report card. The password to open the file will be your child’s unique and confidential Ontario Education Number (OEN), which is located on past report cards and in the Parent Portal. 

If you are unable to locate your child’s OEN, or if you are unable to print the report card and would like a copy, please contact your home school. 

We are proud of all our students for their dedication to learning and their accomplishments this past school year. 

Please watch for more information from your schools regarding TVDSB device drop off and Report Card distribution.  

Thames Valley District School Board

April 14, 2021 Update # 15 - Move to Remote Learning Secondary Families

Dear Secondary Parents and Guardians, 

As a follow up to the announcement made by the Ministry of Education directing all Ontario schools to shift to remote learning after the Spring Break on April 19, we are providing additional information.  

At this time, a date for returning to in-person learning has not been provided. Students already engaged in Full Remote Learning will continue with planned schedules on Monday, April 19.  

During this remote learning period, virtual platforms will be used to provide synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (independent) learning to students during the school day.  

For all secondary students previously attending in-person learning, asynchronous activities will be posted on digital learning platforms (Brightspace or Google Classroom) for the first instructional block of the day on Monday, April 19.  Students are expected to participate synchronously (live, real-time) for their second instructional block.  Teachers will post specific instructions on their digital learning platforms the morning of April 19. 

For the remote learning period beginning April 20, students previously attending in-person learning will remain in their existing cohorts and will maintain their current schedule of learning until Friday, April 23. Previously scheduled in-person days will be synchronous, following the same timetable and schedule currently in place. At-home learning days will be asynchronous. Study hall and Credit Improvement and Rescue Days will run as per usual. 

Please note that TVDSB is making changes to secondary students’ schedules for Quadmester 4 which will begin on April 26. This change is to maximize the opportunities for teaching and learning which will remain remote for an indefinite period of time.  

For Quadmester 4, secondary students will have 225 minutes of synchronous learning each day. Students will not be divided into Cohorts A or B and will participate every day in one combined cohort.  

The schedule for the school day will be as follows for Quadmester 4: 

Instructional Block #1 

120 minutes of synchronous learning 

Break 

Instructional Block #2 

105 minutes of synchronous learning 

Break 

Instructional Block #3 

75 minutes of asynchronous learning 

 

School start and end times will remain the same however, the duration of the breaks may vary from class to class. Students are encouraged to make use of Instructional Block #3 to receive ongoing individualized support for learning. More detailed information will be provided by schools prior to the start of Quadmester 4.  

Due to the Stay-at-Home Order, students will not be able to return Quadmester 3 learning materials (e.g., instruments, novels, textbooks, etc.) or pick up any materials for Quadmester 4. Teachers will be planning instruction accordingly. 

Special Education 

Students with placement in one of the Thames Valley’s Developmental Education Program classrooms have the option of returning to in-person learning as of Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Students in the Transition and Autism Programs, who are not able to access remote learning and, prior to the Spring Break, were attending every day are also afforded this same opportunity. This shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. School staff will contact families of students attending these classes on Monday to confirm plans.  

Access to Technology 

Families who need to borrow technology to support remote learning are asked to contact their home school between April 19-21. Families should email or leave a voicemail with their name, child’s first and last name, grade and contact information. Families should indicate whether they need a computing device or an Internet enabled device.  

School staff will contact families to arrange for pickup of devices at the school when they are available. We ask for your patience as it may take several days for devices to be prepared and deployed across the system.   

Mental Health and Well-being 

If you or your children would like resources to support mental health while learning at home, please visit the Mental Health and Well-Being website for community, web-based or school Mental Health Ontario resources.   

Check out the “Together in the Valley” newsletters specifically designed for parents/guardians and students along with many other supports in the Resources tab to find ways to support our students while they learn at home with you! 

We appreciate the ongoing support and flexibility of our TVDSB families. 

Sincerely, 

Thames Valley District School Board 

 
April 14, 2021 Update # 15 - Move to Remote Learning Elementary Families

Dear Elementary Parents and Guardians,

As a follow up to the announcement made by the Ministry of Education directing all Ontario schools to shift to remote learning after the Spring Break on Monday, April 19, we are providing additional information. 

At this time, a date for returning to in-person learning has not been provided. Students already engaged in Full Remote Learning will continue with planned schedules on Monday, April 19. 

During this remote learning period, virtual platforms will be used to provide synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (independent) learning to students during the school day. 

Beginning April 19, asynchronous (independent) activities will be posted in virtual learning platforms (Brightspace or Google Classroom) and staff will begin outreach to families to ensure access to Internet and other technology. Synchronous learning (live, real-time) will begin on Tuesday, April 20 for elementary students who were previously attending in-person learning. 

Special Education

Students with complex special education needs with placement in one of Thames Valley’s Special Education classes (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Accelerate, Developmental Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Transition Program) have the option of returning to in-person learning as of April 20, 2021. 

We recognize that some families and students in these classes may select remote learning. Specialized transportation arrangements are available for these students. School staff will contact families of students attending these classes on Monday, April 19 to confirm plans.

Access to Technology

Families in need of loaned computing technology to support remote learning are asked to contact their home school between April 19 to 21, 2021. Please email or leave a message with you name, your child’s first and last name, grade and contact information to be added to the device request list. Families should indicate whether they need a computing device or an internet enabled device. 

School staff will contact families to arrange for pickup of devices at the school when they are available. We ask for your patience as it may take several days for devices to be prepared and deployed across the system.  

Mental Health and Well-being

If you or your children would like resources to support mental health while learning at home, please visit the Mental Health and Well Being website for community, web-based or school Mental Health Ontario resources.  

Check out the “Together in the Valley” newsletters specifically designed for parents and students along with many other supports in the Resources tab to find ways to support our students while they learn at home with you! 

We appreciate the ongoing support and flexibility of our TVDSB families.

Sincerely,

Thames Valley District School Board

March 5, 2021 Update #14 - Asymptomatic Testing in TVDSB

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As part of the Ministry of Education’s initiative to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and communities, voluntary COVID-19 testing of Thames Valley students and staff who are asymptomatic – or without obvious symptoms – begins March 10. 

This includes targeted voluntary asymptomatic testing for two per cent of in-person students in elementary and secondary schools each week. Testing is voluntary and consent will be required for asymptomatic students and staff only. Household members of students and staff, and anyone with symptoms, should seek testing at an assessment centre.

School locations have been selected in collaboration with local public health units and will include children and staff from child care centres located in schools. 

Testing will take place each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at selected secondary schools where students from nearby elementary schools will also be invited to be tested. 

Staff and school communities will be notified by email on Monday each week when their child is eligible to be tested. The email will contain links for online registration that must be completed prior to testing. 

The following schools have been selected as the first clinic sites where students from selected feeder elementary schools will also be invited for testing: 

 

March 10, 2021 

East Elgin Secondary School, 362 Talbot St W., Aylmer 

Davenport PS, McGregor PS, Summers' Corners PS 

 

March 11, 2021 

Westminster Secondary School, 230 Base Line Rd W., London  

Woodland Heights PS, Kensal Park PS 

 

March 17, 2021

Glencoe Secondary School, 3581 Concession St. Glencoe

Ekcoe Central PS, Mosa Central PS 

 

March 18, 2021

AB Lucas SS, 656 Tennent Ave., London 

Cedar Hollow PS, Northridge PS, Stoneybrook PS

 

Local public health units will continue to be responsible for investigation, contact tracing and case management support in confirmed cases. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our school communities safe. 

Thames Valley District School Board

February 24, 2021 Update #13 - Update from our Health Units

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Middlesex-London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health and Thames Valley District School Board would like to remind you that there are some important actions to take before sending your child to school in the morning:

  • Do not send your child to school if you are waiting to receive a COVID-19 test result for them
  • If anyone who lives in your household has COVID-19 symptoms everyone must stay home and  self-isolate. This means not attending work, school or childcare until a negative test result is received for the person with symptoms.
  • If your child has been identified as a close contact of a school case, you will receive a letter from your local public health unit. Please review and follow the directions in this letter.

 

For information about supports and resources available to assist you and your family, please visit:

Middlesex London Region - https://www.healthunit.com/covid-19-support-resources-and-info#Supports-and-Resources

Elgin and Oxford Region - https://www.swpublichealth.ca/en/my-health/covid-19-novel-coronavirus.aspx#Self-isolating

Learn more about COVID-19 and schools:

Middlesex London Health Unit-  https://www.healthunit.com/covid-19-schools or call 519-663-5317, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Southwestern Public Health https://www.swpublichealth.ca/en/my-health/covid-19-resources-for-schools-and-child-care-centres.aspx or call 1-800-922-0096 ext. 9

 

Thank you,

Dr. Alexander Summers, Associate Medical Officer of Health and Dr Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health

January 29, 2021 Update #12 - Secondary Return to In-person Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are happy to welcome our secondary students back to in-person learning on Thursday, February 4, 2021, following a decision by the Ministry of Education and our partners in Public Health. Here is some additional information that students and families need to know before returning.

DAILY SCREENING

The Ontario government has mandated that all secondary students who attend school in-person are required to confirm COVID-19 screening prior to attending school in-person. 

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the screening confirmation process each morning prior to leaving for school on days they are attending in-person. The TVDSB Student Screening Confirmation tool will be emailed to each student’s gotvdsb account daily. If students are not able to complete the form prior to their arrival, they can: 

·         Scan the QR code (poster) at school entrances and in classrooms

·         Complete the confirmation by using a device which may be available in some classes  

·         Complete and return paper copies which will be provided to classrooms and families

NEW MASK REQUIREMENTS

In addition to wearing masks in schools, masks are now required to be worn outdoors, during breaks and outdoor learning where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Congregating outdoors before and after school is not permitted.

IN-SCHOOL SUPPORT FEBRUARY 1 & 2

The first 120-minute instructional block on February 1 and 2 will be provided virtually. The second 120-minute instructional block will be an opportunity for credit rescue and credit improvement. Students, in a Period 4 class, who would benefit from in-person opportunities for credit rescue or credit improvement on February 1 and 2 will be allowed to come into the school during this time for face-to-face opportunities. Teachers will be reaching out to Period 4 students to make arrangements for in-person support based on student needs. Please note that transportation will not be available for students until Thursday, February 4, 2021.  

TECHNOLOGY

At this time, we will not collect technology from students who requested a TVDSB device for remote learning.

SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSES

Transportation arrangements have been confirmed for students in Special Education classes who attended in-person learning during the week of January 25-29, 2021, or who requested a return to in-person learning on or before January 28th.  All other students with a placement in a Special Education class may return to school, with transportation, on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Thank you for working with us for the health and safety of our students, staff and communities.

We are very excited to have our students back in our schools to engage in learning to support their academic success and well-being.
January 29, 2021 Update #12 - Elementary Return to In-person Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are happy to welcome our elementary students back to in-person learning on Monday, February 1, 2021, following a decision by the Ministry of Education and our partners in Public Health. Here is some additional information that students and families need to know before returning.

TECHNOLOGY

At this time, we will not collect technology from students who requested a TVDSB device for remote learning.

REQUESTS TO CHANGE LEARNING MODELS

Requests to change from In-Person Learning to Full Remote Learning will be reviewed by the Full Remote Learning Committee on a case-by-case basis and will only be approved for circumstances that are exceptional. Following approval, families will be provided with a transition date. Please note that time is required to allow for classroom placement. Please send learning model change requests to your school principal.

Requests to change from Full Remote Learning to In-Person Learning will be permitted where space in schools is available. Please contact your home school with your request.

DAILY SCREENING AND REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCES

It is important that the daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms is completed daily.  If your child is unwell, we ask that you follow direction provided through the screening tool and continue to report absences through SchoolMessenger or contact the school.

MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

In TVDSB, students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 have been wearing masks to school since September 2020.  The Ministry of Education has changed the requirement for students in Grades 1-3 to wear masks; previously this requirement from the province was for students in Grades 4-12.  Therefore, we would like to remind families to please ensure your child continues to attend school with a mask. A mask will be provided, if needed.

For families requesting a mask exemption, this is to be provided in writing to the school principal. All requests will be reviewed by the Mask Exemption Review Panel. Until an exemption is approved, students are required to wear masks. 

Masks are now required to be worn outdoors, for recess breaks and outdoor learning where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Students will be supported to have breaks from mask wearing during these times while maintaining the requirement to be safely distanced from peers. In addition, congregating outdoors before and after school is not permitted.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Licensed before and after school programs in the TVDSB region are OPEN to registered families effective Monday, February 1, 2021. Please contact your before and after school operator with questions.

Thank you for working with us for the health and safety of our students, staff and communities.

We are very excited to have our students back in our schools on Monday, February 1 to engage in learning to support their academic success and well-being. 

January 28, 2021 Update #11 - Return to In-person Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Ontario Ministry of Education informed the Thames Valley District School Board today, January 28, 2021, that in-person learning for elementary students will resume on Monday, February 1, 2021. 

Secondary students will return to in-person learning on Thursday, February 4 to coincide with the start of Quadmester Three. 

This announcement does not impact students who were already enrolled in the Full Remote Learning program, Adult Day School, Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS).

Student Health and Safety Requirements 

The Ontario government has mandated that all students in Grades 1-3 wear masks while in school. At TVDSB, all students have been required to wear masks since September 2020. All Grade 1-12 students learning in-person are now required to wear a mask while outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained (i.e., during recess, breaks, and outdoor learning activities). 

Students are discouraged from congregating in groups before or after school and should maintain a two-metre distance from others while walking to and from school. 

In addition, families are reminded to complete the daily self-assessment for each child in their household prior to riding school transportation or attending school. This school screening tool is available at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ 

Secondary students are required to confirm COVID-19 screening prior to attending school in-person. More details will be shared directly with secondary students and families. 

Bus transportation will resume for students who are returning to in-person learning. Please visit www.mybigyellowbus.ca for further information.

Thames Valley is proud of students and their families for adjustments they have made during this challenging period. No student will be disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19, and that Thames Valley educators are committed to working with students to ensure they are supported and continue to learn.

The mental health and well-being of Thames Valley students, families and staff is also important. Please visit Mental Health and Well-being or School Mental Health Ontario for information and resources for students and families.

More information on the return to in-person learning will be provided shortly.

Please continue to follow the advice of our public health partners, to help keep yourself and our communities safe and healthy.

January 12, 2021 Update #10 - Emergency Order

The Province of Ontario has been ordered to follow further restrictions as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. The government has issued a second emergency order effective January 14, 2021.  

Here is what Parents and Guardians need to know: 

  • All Elementary and Secondary remote learning will continue and technology is being deployed as quickly as possible to families who have submitted requests. Schools are connecting with families who do not have access to technology to ensure learning continues.
  • Schools will continue to be open for in-person instruction for students with complex special education needs enrolled in our special education classes. 
  • Child care centers operating in TVDSB schools remain open. Emergency child care continues to be offered to essential workers, including those in education who are required to work in schools. Please contact child care operators for more information.
  • Our buildings continue to be cleaned and maintained for those students and staff who are in our schools and for our eventual return to in-person learning.
  • By January 20, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise the Ministry of Education, in conjunction with local public health units, which school boards will resume in-person instruction, based on the most up-to-date COVID-19 information. At this time, in-person learning students are scheduled to return to school in person on January 25, 2021.
  • Please contact your child’s school if you have questions or concerns. 

We continue to follow directives set by the Ministry of Education and work with our partners in public health as we navigate this period. We know this time is challenging in many ways—for students and staff, for working caregivers and for families with multiple children who are learning at home. 

We are proud of our students for adjustments they have made as full remote learners. We want families to know that no student will be disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19 and TVDSB is committed to working with students to ensure they are supported and continue to learn. 

The mental health and well-being of our students and families is important. Please visit Mental Health and Well-being or School Mental Health Ontario for information and resources for students and families. 

January 7, 2021 Update #9 - Elementary in-school learning delayed until January 25

The Government of Ontario today delayed in-school learning for elementary students until Monday, January 25, 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Elementary students who attended classes at school prior to the Winter Break will continue to learn remotely until returning to school on Monday, January 25. All Secondary students will continue to learn remotely at home until returning to school on Monday, January 25.   

There is no change for students already engaged in Elementary and Secondary Full Remote Learning.

Thames Valley will provide parents and guardians with more details about the return to in-school learning as soon as it becomes available.

The Board is in the process of deploying almost 9,000 computing devices to students to support at home learning. 

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is Thames Valley’s highest priority. The Board encourages students, parents, guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and Thames Valley websites and social media for further updates and information. 

January 5, 2021 Update #8 - Message from the Ministry of Education

Please find attached a letter to parents from Minister Lecce.

Minister Letter - Protecting What Matters Most (English)

Minister Letter - Protecting What Matters Most (French) 

September 11, 2020 Update #7 - Full Remote Learning Update

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We are providing you with an important update regarding our TVDSB Full Remote Learning Program. 

Elementary students will begin Full Remote Learning on Wednesday, September 16.  

Secondary students will begin Full Remote Learning on Thursday, September 17.  

As we have communicated over the past few weeks, we have been reorganizing our schools to accommodate the learning model requests from our families. In addition, establishing an online learning environment for all grade levels is a complex and extensive task, involving different departments across the Board. We are also working to deploy student devices that have been requested this week. 

We are committed to providing our students with a high-quality fully remote learning program which requires us to ensure that we have qualified teachers and Early Childhood Educators in place for our classes. We are continuing the process of hiring additional teachers to support the 13,172 students enrolled in our Full Remote Learning Program while balancing the staffing needs of our students who will participate in In-Person learning next week. With a staggered start for both In-person and Full Remote Learning, all students will have an equal number of instructional days.  

Our staff will continue to connect with students in Full Remote Learning to make sure technology needs are in place, answer questions and most importantly, establish a student-teacher relationship. 

If they choose, families may access resources to support independent learning for September 14 to 16: 

We are committed to providing a remote learning program with a positive start for our students. Thank you to our families for your continued support and patience, as we put the necessary resources in place to ensure that our students have a successful learning experience, both online and in person.

Thames Valley District School Board

September 9, 2020 Update # 6 - Full Remote Learning Update

Welcome to Thames Valley’s Full Remote Learning Program!  

As the Ministry of Education outlined, families had the option to select full distance Full Remote Learning instruction only for the 2020-2021 school year. In Thames Valley District School Board, these students are enrolled in our new TVDSB Full Remote Learning (FRL) Program! 

Full Remote Learning will begin the week of September 14. Families can expect to hear from their Principals this week regarding schedules and additional information. Class start dates will vary as we continue to finalize staffing for more than 13,000 full remote learners.    

We are working to create an online school experience as close to in-person school as possible. Our FRL Programwill be led by seven Principals and office staff. All students will be assigned a Teacher. Much like at the start of other school years, families will receive a school handbook from their Program that provides key information for the school year. 

Curriculum Delivery 

The TVDSB FRL Program will offer the full Ontario curriculum through structured synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

Synchronous learning:  Learning that happens in real time. Synchronous learning involves using text, video, or voice communication in a way that enables educators and other members of the school- or board-based team to instruct and connect with students in real time. Synchronous learning supports the well-being and academic achievement of all students, including students with Special Education needs, by providing educators and students with an interactive and engaging way to learn. It helps teachers provide immediate feedback to students and enables students to interact with one another. 

Asynchronous learning:  Learning that is not delivered in real time. Asynchronous learning may involve students watching pre-recorded video lessons, completing assigned tasks, or contributing to online discussion boards. 

Instruction will be delivered by Thames Valley Educators, but not necessarily by staff assigned to a student’s home school or class. Each student will be assigned a class taught by a qualified Teacher, who they and their parents and guardians can connect with directly. 

How many minutes will students be engaged in remote learning? 

A school day, whether in-person or online, involves 300 minutes (or 5 hours) of learning. In the TVDSB FRL Program, as per Ministry direction, students will engage in the following number of minutes of synchronous (live) learning: 

Kindergarten: 180 minutes 

Grades 1 to 3: 225 minutes 

Grades 4 to 8: 225 minutes 

Grades 9 to 12: 240 minutes per day for a student enrolled in 2 courses in  a quadmester 

The remainder of the 300 minutes, students will engage in asynchronous learning, where they will work independently on follow-up activities or assignments provided during the live learning portion of their day. 

Courses and Timetables 

Students will be provided with a timetable outlining the daily schedule of subjects/courses according to a five-hour instructional day with opportunities for frequent, live contact with a Teacher and expectations for synchronous learning. Attendance will be taken daily by the online Teacher, and students are expected to be present during online learning instruction. 

We look forward to welcoming students to TVDSB Full Remote Learning

September 4, 2020 Update #5 - Return to Learn - Understanding Staffing
Understanding Staffing

Thames Valley District School Board is re-opening schools to students beginning Monday, September 14. In addition to allowing for students to return in smaller, staggered groups to begin the year, this later start also allows additional time for Thames Valley to re-organize staff for our schools.

Why do we have to re-organize staff in our schools?
On July 30, the Ministry of Education announced that families would have the option of having their children return to school In-person or Full Remote Learning. In Thames Valley, about 69,000 students will attend In-person, and 13,000 students will participate in Full Remote Learning. Just like our in-person students, full remote students require teachers. We were required to move more than 400 teachers from In-person teaching to full remote teaching.

Why is this happening so close to the start of school?
Normally, we assign students and staff to classrooms in the Spring. It takes a couple of months to match the number of registered students with the appropriate number of teachers, keeping in mind that class sizes must adhere to collective agreements and Ministry of Education mandates. In late August, we were required to re-organize staff twice based on three things:
1. New one-time funding provided additional teaching staff that we could assign to schools,
2. We were requested by the Ministry to change our secondary school in-person learning schedule, and
3. Enrolment for In-person Learning and Full Remote Learning continued to change.

How did this impact my school?
Every year, there are always some adjustments to staffing due to class re-organization. Schools will sometimes need additional teachers because new students join Thames Valley or change schools. Conversely, if student enrolment is lower than predicted we collapse classes, which requires a temporary placement in an alternative school location for the remainder of the year.

This year, it may be to another school, another classroom or to Full Remote Learning. This doesn't mean that staff will lose their job, but rather, they will have a change in teaching assignment. In fact, we are continuing to hire more occasional teachers with recently announced temporary funding.

When will staff know what their assignment is?
Recently, we have compressed a three-month process into two weeks. This week, and next, schools are in the final steps of confirming their staffing assignments. The impact at any particular school will depend in large part on the number of students who have chosen to participate in Full Remote Learning.

Staff who are re-assigned from their school will be able to find a placement at another school, which may include our Full Remote Learning Program. We do not expect any layoffs for our permanent staff members.

Will these be final decisions?
Students and families may see some changes in the teaching staff at their school. Students in Full Remote Learning may not have a teacher from their home school.

Thames Valley welcomes many new students during the first week of school. As a result, we regularly make adjustments to classes to help balance class sizes. This will happen in September once all students have returned to school, so as always, students and families should be prepared for potential changes in their classroom and teacher.

We know this may sound like a complicated process and we certainly never imagined doing it in such a short timeline. This is one of the many tasks we have been carefully working on to ensure we meet the needs of all of our students and staff. Thank you to our staff for their flexibility, adaptability and patience. We are grateful to families and staff who continue to work with us as partners on this journey.

Thames Valley District School Board

 

August 27, 2020 Update # 4 - Return to Learn - Message from the Ministry of Education

Please find attached a letter to parents from Minister Lecce.

Minister Letter - Parent Guidance (English)

Minister Letter - Parent Guidance (French) 

August 26, 2020 Update #3 - Return to Learn - Secondary Families

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We look forward to our students returning to learn in September! Thames Valley secondary schools will be open to students the week of September 14. This change in start date is required to re-organize all of our schools based on the high number of families who have selected Full Remote Learning.

Secondary Full Remote Learning students will begin school on Monday, September 14.

Updated Secondary Adapted Learning Model

The Board has been instructed by the Ministry of Education to change from a model of two courses per day, to one course per day, to ensure we are keeping student contacts to a minimum. Students will still be enrolled in two courses at the same time over a 10-week period. Period one will run weeks 1,3,5,7,9 and period two will run weeks 2,4,6,8,10. Students will attend in cohorts, with a combination of in-person and at-home learning. 

 

Sample Secondary Schedule

view our sample secondary calendar

Students in Full Remote Learning will also follow this schedule.   

 Please visit www.tvdsb.ca/returntolearn to view the new secondary calendar. 

 

Changing Learning Models

To honour requests to change learning models, we are accepting changes no later than 12:00pm on Friday, August 28.  Please contact your school as soon as possible if you wish to make a change.

Additional updates, information and Frequently Asked Questions are provided on our website.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to plan to welcome our students back this year. 

Thames Valley District School Board 

August 26, 2020 Update #3 - Return to Learn - Elementary Families

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We look forward to our students returning to learn in September! We have important updates to share with you related to the start of school for your child.

 

Start Date

Thames Valley elementary students will begin school the week of September 14. This change in start date is required to re-organize all of our schools based on the high number of families who have selected Full Remote Learning. 

Elementary students who have selected to return to school in person will begin with a staggered start the week of September 14. Your child's school will contact you by Friday, August 28 to inform you of which days your child will attend. All elementary students will attend on Friday, September 18.  

Elementary Full Remote Learning students will begin school on Monday, September 14 and participate in learning every day.

 

Masks/Face Coverings

All students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 must wear masks/face coverings in school and on student transportation. Students in Grades 4 to 8, who do not wear a mask/face covering, risk being sent home from school unless they have medical exemption. If a student requires a mask, the school will provide one.

 

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Changing Learning Models

To honour requests to change learning models, we are accepting changes no later than 12:00pm on Friday, August 28. Please contact your school as soon as possible if you wish to make a change.

Additional updates, information and Frequently Asked Questions are provided on www.tvdsb.ca/returntolearn.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to plan to welcome our students back this year.  

 

Thames Valley District School Board

 

August 20, 2020 Update #2 - Return to Learn
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

We look forward to our return to learn this September! Our Return to Learn plan continues to change based on shifting Ministry of Education direction and we are working to keep families informed. Please know the health, safety and well-being of our Thames Valley community remains a priority. You can review our Plan, resources and frequently asked questions for the most current information.  

 

Staggered Entry

Based on recent Ministry of Education announcements, Boards are permitted to stagger entry of students up to a two-week period for the return to school. Staggering entry means that not all elementary in-person students will start school on Tuesday, September 8. This staggered entry will allow for more time to learn new school routines in smaller group settings. The staggered schedule for elementary in-person students will be determined and sent to families as soon as possible. Parents and guardians should be prepared to make alternate child care arrangements for the first two weeks of the school year.

 

Return to School Confirmation

Thank you for confirming your preferred model for school this Fall. This information will help us plan and allocate staff for our in-person and full remote schools. Our Return to School Confirmation received a response from 94% of our families. We will reach out to families who we have not heard from to collect information on their intention for school in September. Of our 81,000 students, approximately 69,000 students will be attending In-person Learning and 12,000 have selected Full Remote Learning. Based on this response we are creating several virtual elementary and secondary schools that will be staffed by qualified Thames Valley teachers, principals and support staff. 

 

Mask Requirements

Students in Grade 4 to 12 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school and on school transportation. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks in common spaces and on school transportation. Families are asked to please prepare your children for school by having them wear masks now for short periods of time throughout the day. 

 

We will send further updates as we approach the school year and are developing a series of videos to help students and families understand what to expect in September. Watch our elementary video here. Please stay tuned for kindergarten, secondary and special education videos. 

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

 

Thames Valley District School Board

August 12, 2020 Update #1 - Return to Learn

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We look forward to our return to learning in September. Following the presentation of our plan for re-entry to the Ministry of Education on August 5, we are sending families our Return to Learn plan, as well as a newly developed Return to Learn Community Resource. In these documents, you will find additional information on our learning models and health and safety practices for September reopening. We know that you have many questions regarding our plans, and we hope that you find this information helpful and informative. 

We continue to receive new information and direction from the Ministry of Education and public health almost daily. We are focused on health and well-being, teaching and learning, equity and connecting with our community. Thank you for partnering with us, as we strive to be flexible and adaptable on our journey together. 

As a reminder, the Return to School Confirmation is open for parents and guardians until August 18, 2020. Please be sure to log in to the Parent Portal and share the learning model your child(ren) will engage in this September. If you have any difficulty doing this please contact your school principal or call our help line at 519-452-2005.

Please visit our Return to Learn website, which includes a frequently asked questions area. Thank you and stay well. 

Thames Valley District School Board

August 5, 2020 Update - Return to School Confirmation

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Thames Valley District School Board is excited to welcome your child(ren) back to school and plans are underway to make this a safe and welcoming experience. The Ministry of Education announced on July 30, 2020 that all Elementary students will return to school every day, five (5) days-a-week, in a designated cohort for the full day (i.e. recess and lunch). Secondary students will return in an adapted (cohort) model, that combines in-person attendance and remote learning. Cohorts of approximately 15 secondary students will be attending school on an alternating schedule that will be provided once our plan has been reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Education.  

 

Return to School Confirmation August 5 to August 18

The next step in our plan for the upcoming school year requires your response, as parents/ guardians. We are asking parents and guardians to complete the Return to School Confirmation on the TVDSB Parent Portal (www.tvdsb.ca/parentportal) and indicate whether or not your child(ren) will be returning to in-person learning in September. 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 Tuesday, August 18, 2020. If you are new to the Parent Portal, instructions are provided below. 

 

Your Decision

There will be limited opportunities within the school year for parents and guardians to change their child’s learning between models of learning. Families must notify the school in advance and there will be a waiting period for admission to school (in-person and full remote learning), depending on scheduling and availability of class placement. For secondary students, course selections may not be available when switching between models.

 

More Information to Make Your Decision

In order to provide families with more information on all models of learning, Thames Valley has developed the following information resources:

 

Elementary In-person Learning

Secondary Adapted Learning

Full Remote Learning

The Ministry of Education has also provided a GUIDE TO RE-OPENING SCHOOLS

 

Our educators and staff are excited to welcome back our students and families! We have been working hard to prepare everyone for September and are committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We promise to keep our families informed and will continue to provide regular updates. 

 

Visit www.tvdsb.ca for Return to Learn information.

 

Thank you,

Thames Valley District School Board

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New to using the Parent Portal? www.tvdsb.ca/parentportal

Parents/Guardians 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.

 

The Parent Portal is a key communication tool for families in Thames Valley. The Parent Portal works on phones, tablets and computers. The first page of the Parent Portal allows parents/guardians to easily access their child's information including attendance and report cards. For students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or Individual Plan of Care, this information can also be accessed through the Parent Portal. Throughout the year, parents/guardians can view school information and update their own child’s information and required consent forms using this valuable online tool.

 

 

Guide to Reopening Schools

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