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As we prepare to open our schools and welcome back students and staff, we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all school community members, while also providing the best academic experience possible for students, supporting mental health and well-being and considering the needs of families and staff.

September 10: All Parent/Guardian Update

September 14: Virtual School Parent/Guardian Update


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Start Time Information

Elementary Schools

Elementary schools will have a staggered start for students over the first three days (September 15, 16 and 17).

The start dates for each elementary grade level are based on school configuration. Once a student starts school on the first day for their grade, they continue to attend school every day. In cases where unique circumstances require a school to adjust its opening schedule, the school will contact families directly to provide more information. 

Accessible version of the Elementary Staggered Start Times

Accessible version of the Elementary Staggered Start Times.

Secondary Schools

For secondary schools, given the complexities of the staffing and timetable process, we have adjusted the start dates of most secondary schools as follows: 

Tuesday, September 15: Students attending Special Education Congregated Sites (York Humber HS, Central Etobicoke HS, Frank Oke SS, Maplewood HS, Drewry SS and Sir William Olser HS) and students attending  Developmental Disability (DD) Intensive Support Programs in secondary schools. These students will follow a semester schedule. 

Thursday, September 17: All remaining secondary schools, including students attending Intensive Support Programs (Autism, PD, MID, LD, and Gifted). Students will follow a quadmester schedule. 

While most, if not all, secondary schools will be open on one of these two days, if there are unique circumstances that require additional time, those schools will contact families directly.

Virtual School - Elementary and Secondary

Due to the large number of families who have selected Virtual School (more than 72,000 students), we require additional time to staff and timetable to ensure a more consistent opening for all staff and students. As a result, all students, including those in Special Education classes, attending Virtual School (elementary and secondary) will begin on Tuesday, September 22. Our top priority is to ensure students experience success in both our in-person schools and virtual schools.


The Ministry of Education has approved models for return to school in September 2020. Learn more about the elementary and secondary learning models.


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Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
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