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Attention Virtual School Parents/Guardians:

  • To determine which Virtual School your child is a part of (LC1, LC2, LC3 or LC4), please search for your child's home school in the following list: Learning Centre School List.   

 

Virtual School Updates 

An important part of the initial start for the Virtual School is to ensure that all students are aware of and understand the TDSB Online Code of Conduct and privacy issues and expectations related to online learning.

Students will be taking part in synchronous (live/online) learning throughout the day with maximum class sizes and synchronous (live/online) learning times, as outlined below. The synchronous learning time requirements align with the Ministry of Education’s guidelines for virtual learning. 

 

Grade 

Maximum
Class Size

Daily Minimum Synchronous
Learning Time Requirement*

JK/SK

29

180 minutes

Grades 1-3

20

225 minutes

Grades 4-8

35

225 minutes

*This is in addition to asynchronous (independent work) learning time.

Virtual School French Programs

Each of the four Elementary Virtual Schools will have offerings of French Immersion and Extended French Programs. Please view this FAQ for more information:  

French as a Second Language (FSL) Frequently Asked Questions - Return to School

Structure of Day

  • Elementary Virtual School begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. each day. Lunch is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Students will be assigned to an online Homeroom with a Homeroom Teacher who will also be online.
  • Daily attendance will be taken.
  • Students will have 300 minutes of learning opportunities (synchronous and asynchronous) each day.
  • Large Group Instruction will be scheduled for 40-50% of the day, depending on grade level.
  • Guided instruction (small group), synchronous (live), “Check & Connect” (small group or individual) will also be part of the learning process.
  • Independent work will be made available in Brightspace.
  • The online Homeroom Teacher, DECE for Kindergarten where applicable, and prep subject teachers will deliver the grade-appropriate Ontario curriculum.

Exemptions

Learn more about requesting to be exempted from the minimum requirements of synchronous learning.

Expectations for Synchronous Learning by Grade

Synchronous Learning 

Kindergarten

Grades

1-3

Grades

4-6

Grades

7-8

Whole Group Instruction

5-6 sessions per day for short periods of time

4 sessions per day

4 sessions per day

4 sessions per day

Guided Instruction and Independent Work (Teacher oversees work and is available for questions)

2 sessions per day

2 sessions per day

3 sessions per day

3 sessions per day

Synchronous (live virtual) Check & Connect

2 sessions per day

2 sessions per day

1 sessions per day

1 sessions per day

Time in Minutes

180

225

225

225


Virtual School Teacher Absences
As we continue to work to assign teachers to all Elementary Virtual School classrooms, at this time it may not be possible to provide a replacement teacher to cover classes where the classroom teacher is absent. Students are encouraged to complete work that has been assigned by the classroom teacher or are encouraged to access the available resources and videos on the Asynchronous Learning Activities web page. 

Access to Devices

Every student in the Virtual School will be required to have a device. For those without access to a device, access will be arranged through the student’s home school through the Principal. 

 

Entering From or Returning to In-Person Learning (Elementary)
 

We recognize that parents/guardians and/or students may want to switch between in-person learning and Virtual School. It is important to note that, for health and safety reasons, and because of the impact switching would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation, it will not be possible to immediately transition between the two models. As a result, an opportunity to enter the Virtual School or to return to in-person learning will be provided at key dates during the school year. Please visit the Switching Between Learning Models page for dates and more information.  

 

Student Support Opportunities

A process will be established through the School Support Team for students in an Elementary Virtual School to have access to student support services including but not limited to special education resource support, social work, speech and language and psychology.  

 

Specialized Programs

At this point in time, Elementary Specialized Programs will not be available in Virtual School. 



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