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We are excited and preparing to welcome elementary students back to school to continue their learning on September 15, 2020. Health and safety is our top priority for both students and staff.

There will be a staggered start for elementary students over the first three days (September 15 to 17). The start dates for each grade level are based on school configuration. Once a student starts school on the first day for their grade, they continue to come to school every day.

Accessible version of the Elementary Staggered Start Times

Accessible version of the Elementary Staggered Start Times.

Toronto Public Health maintains the best way to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 is through physical distancing. Based on TPH’s recommendation around physical distancing, TDSB has developed a strategy to ensure that class sizes across the system are reduced as much as possible while also focusing resources in communities where public health data shows higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Schools in communities identified by Toronto Public Health as higher risk for contracting COVID-19 will have JK/SK classes with a targeted cap of 15 students, while Grade 1 to 8 classes would have targeted caps of 20. A total of 81 schools fall into this category. Using TPH’s data and also taking into consideration a combination of additional factors that include larger enrolments, physical characteristics of class room, the TDSB’s Learning Opportunities Index, and large numbers of students attending the school that reside in higher risk areas, an additional 13 schools have been identified as ones needing additional measures to lower class sizes.

In all other schools, JK/SK classes would have a target cap of 24, Grade 1 to 3 classes would have a target cap of 20, while Grade 4 to 8 classes would have a target cap of 27. While the staffing process is based on these targeted class cap numbers, should additional students register at a school in September and all classes are at the targeted cap for their grades, they would be placed in one of these classes — thereby slightly exceeding the cap.  Should a large number of students register at a school, staff would look to see if additional teachers should be allocated.

We remain committed to achieving class sizes that do not significantly exceed our targeted caps. We are looking at strategies to address situations where the in-person enrolment is higher than we anticipated. As the numbers continue to change, please note that any necessary adjustments may not be in place on the first day of school, but we will be working to rectify these situations as quickly as possible.

Please note that these targeted class size caps have been determined based on a number of factors and may fluctuate (up or down) once the number of students returning to in-person learning has been confirmed and the staffing process completed.

Plans for the regular school day return include that students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will:

  • Attend school five full days per week
  • Receive 300 minutes of instruction per day within a regular school day
  • Be in a class with the students cohorted as a group (including recess and lunch) with their classmates and homeroom teacher (including one DECE in kindergarten)
  • Receive the full breadth of programming from their homeroom teacher and specialized teachers (e.g. Core French teachers)
  • Likely experience changes in the timing of recesses, lunches, and bathroom breaks as they are staggered to limit or avoid interaction with other class groups
  • Practice health and safety measures, including physical distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene and screening for symptoms. Additionally, all students will be required to wear masks, with exemptions for medical reasons. Regular outdoor breaks will help support students who may need time away from their mask.

Learn more about Before-and-After School Programming.

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and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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