Return to Learn

Getting Ready for September 2021

Elementary Learning Models

In-Person Learning (IPL)

  • All elementary programs will be offered 
  • COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place: physical distancing, masks, hand washing and staff will be wearing personal protective equipment 
  • Students will be placed in class groups while indoors and larger groups for recesses outdoors 
  • TVDSB Special Education programs will be offered* 
  • Before and After School programs will be available at specific school sites 
  • Gradual return to regular operations as possible, based on health guidance (e.g., use of shared space, extra-curriculars) 

* Students who are unable to attend a Special Education class in-person, due to complex special needs, may be offered the opportunity to join the class for a portion of the day through a web-based video connection. 

Full Remote Learning

  • Kindergarten to Grade 8 programs will be offered as FRL 
  • Physical Education and Dance are not offered in FRL 
  • Students will use Brightspace as a digital learning platform with Google Meet as the synchronous (live) option 
  • Students will receive 180 minutes (Kindergarten) and 225 minutes (Grades 1-8) of synchronous (live) instruction each day 
  • Students will be combined from various TVDSB schools into remote classes 
  • Potential for larger class sizes 
  • Adult supervision at home is required 

Note: Attendance is taken and required each day in both In-Person and Full Remote Learning. 

 

Secondary Learning Models

In-Person Learning (IPL)

  • All secondary programs will be offered 
  • Modified Semester Model Click here for more information
  • COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place: physical distancing, masks, hand washing and staff will be wearing personal protective equipment  
  • Gradual return to regular operations as possible, based on health guidance (e.g., use of shared space, extra-curriculars) 

* Students who are unable to attend a Special Education-Developmental Education class in-person due to complex medical needs, may be offered the opportunity to join the class, for a portion of the day, through a web-based video connection. 

Full Remote Learning (FRL)

  • Selection of courses in each grade level and pathway 
  • Specialized programs such as: International Baccalaureate (IB), Aviation, Specialized High Skills Major and Environmental Leadership are not offered in FRL 
  • Courses such as Dance, Music, Technology, Cooperative Education are not offered in FRL 
  • 225 live online minutes (synchronous) instruction/day 
  • Daily schedule and number of courses/day to be determined 

Note: Attendance is taken and required each day in both In-Person and Full Remote Learning. 

Learning Considerations

Full Remote Learning requires a greater need for students to be able to work independently due to the virtual nature of the program. Although many aspects of learning can be replicated in an online environment, the social development, peer interactions, informal interactions can be quite different. It is important to recognize that synchronous (live) meeting times in Full Remote Learning are established for teacher instruction and as an opportunity for teachers to engage in assessment of students’ knowledge in skills. 

Technology

Students opting to learn virtually will need to be comfortable using technology to access and engage in learning and will need access to a device (e.g., Chromebook, laptop, etc.) and internet connectivity. Families should consider the student’s comfort level using technology for their learning and the capacity to support technology issues during the school day. Students who cannot access a device of their own can request to borrow a Chromebook through their home school. 

Family Support for Learning for Full Remote Learning

Parent/guardian support is always important but is particularly essential when students do not have in-person connections with school staff. A quiet space to work with minimal distractions is important for success in a virtual learning environment. 


Our priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We have involved our local Health Units as part of our planning, while also following the directions of the Ministry of Education to ensure that our schools and workplaces are prepared and our staff and students experience a successful return.

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More Resources

The following is a list of updates and resources provided for our school communities during COVID-19:

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