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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: July 6, 2020 
 

Find answers to questions about the following topics: 

 

 

School Closures​ and Reopening

 
When are schools expected to reopen?
We have been planning for the safe return to school and are considering the three scenarios released​ by the Provincial Government. Pending approval from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health, further information will be provided.
 

What is the TCDSB doing to ensure that schools are safe when they reopen?

The re-opening of schools in a safe and effective way is essential for the development of our children, our economy and our well-being as a province. Custodial staff conducted a thorough disinfection of schools during the March break, and since that time have followed up with additional cleaning and disinfection as needed throughout the closure, with particular emphasis on those periods of time when staff, students or families were given access to school facilities.

 

Will Adult and Continuing Education classes and International Language programs continue in the fall?
TCDSB Adult Education Program including adult LINC classes, Literacy and Basic Skills classes, adult non-credit English and French as a Second Language classes were offered virtually throughout the spring. Fall programming options for these as well as night school will be determined by the status of regular day school programs. 

 

Registration​ for the elementary International Language program can be done online.

 

When will the Catholic Education Centre and field offices open?
The Catholic Education Centre, and TCDSB East and West facilities are closed to the public with the exception of limited pre-identified staff/access. If you need to get in touch with someone, please email them as staff will continue to regularly monitor their emails. The Board is awaiting direction from public health authorities to confirm when offices may be able to safely reopen.

 

What happens to personal belongings that do not get picked up before the summer?

Students/families should contact their local school for any specific details, but in general, personal items will be put into storage for retrieval when schools are able to reopen.

 

What is happening with summer school? 

Registration for online learning for summer school has begun. While schools remain closed, in class sessions are not an option. This includes remedial and new credit programs.

 

How can I contact my child's school? 

School phone numbers are active despite the school closure and messages are being picked up and responded to by school staff. You may also reach out via email to the school principal. Their email address is accessible from the homepage of your school's website. Please note that school offices will officially close for the summer starting Monday, July 6, 2020 continuing through to Friday, August 28, 2020.

 

Why am I not receiving email updates? 

Parents are encouraged to ensure that their school has their most up to date phone and email contact information on file. Contact information that is in the database is used to push out important notifications to families. Please log on to School Messenger​ to verify your contact information in the system is correct. 

 

Will I be reimbursed for money paid for school activities? For example, the school activity fee, payments made for Scientist in the School and the pizza lunch program.  

Please contact the school principal. Find your school by visiting the alphabetical school directory​. Once you click on the school, you will find the name of the principal on the right hand side of the page. Clicking on the name will launch the email app.

 

What do I do about purchasing a school uniform for September? 

Families should inquire with the school principal about local uniform and dress code requirements.

 

When will athletics programs resume? 

School boards will need to wait for further direction from public health authorities regarding timelines for resuming programs such as athletics and other group activities in schools.

 

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Summer Programs and Services


Is the TCDSB offering Grade 6, 7, 8 Literacy/Numeracy non‐credit program this summer?
 

Yes. The focus will be to assist students currently in grades 6, 7 or 8 in Language Arts and Mathematics to ensure they are successful in the upcoming school year. This program will be delivered via Distance Learning and TCDSB teachers will engage students via Google Classroom using a variety of modes of curriculum delivery from July 2-24.

 

Please register your child (log into your child’s TCDSB Google Apps for Education (GAFE)). 

 

Are summer school programs being expanded? 

To accommodate student demand for summer credit courses, existing summer school credit programming are being expanded through remote teacher-led learning, online learning, and through correspondence/self-study. Credit recovery courses for secondary students and Reach Ahead opportunities for elementary students are also being offered.

 

For summer 2020, school boards will be able to offer students in Grades 9 to 12 the opportunity to review and strengthen key learning in a course they passed during the school closure period in the 2019-20 school year.

 

Is the Board offering experiential summer camp programs for exceptional students?

In recent years, the Toronto Catholic District School Board has offered an experiential summer camp program to students identified as exceptional and placed in an MEDD (multiple exceptionality developmentally delayed) ISP (intensive support) program from grades 1 to 12. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated concerns for the safety and well-being of our students, our ability to offer face-to-face instruction in the month of July has been suspended.

 

Planning is underway to determine whether this program could safely operate during the month of August. Should this become a possibility, we will provide parents with further information.

 

The TCDSB recognizes the value of this summer offering to students and their families and we remain committed to finding a model that reflects the Board's commitment to the well-being of students, that is also consistent with Toronto Public Health protocols.

 

What supports are in place for students with special needs? 

The Ministry has allocated additional funding to school boards to support students with special needs, including funds for a new summer transition program for students with special education needs and/or students with mental health needs. 

 

Will the Focus on Youth program continue?

TCDSB’s Focus on Youth (FOY) program runs July 6 – August 21, 2020. This year, the summer camp program will be offered in a virtual format. Registration has begun. For detailed information, please visit Footsteps to Success​.

 

What is happening with the summer transition program for students in grade 8? 

The Transition program will run this summer. It will be delivered via Distance Learning. Schools will be reaching out to students.

 

Are there any summer volunteer opportunities for students? 

Guidance counsellors will provide information regarding available resources to students who wish to earn community service hours during the summer months. As always, parents must give consent for students to participate in any opportunities that may be available. 

 

To find the right virtual community involvement experience, see 2020 TCDSB Summer Virtual Community Involvement Booklet​.

 

Will math tutoring be available during the summer?

Mathify will be available during the summer months: July 6 - August 28, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

 

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Distance Learning 

  

How will my child keep up with their learning throughout the summer?
Curriculum-linked resources for each grade are available on the TCDSB Learning Resources page. Additional literacy and math resources are also available to students on the Ministry of Education website

 

You may also visit Summer Playground and My Summer, My City​ to see new resources and learning ideas weekly throughout the summer.

 

​How do I keep my child safe while they are online?

Please refer to the following tip sheets to support online student safety:

 

 

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Access to Technology

 
What if my child doesn’t have access to the internet or a computer to support learning at home?
Where needed, the TCDSB has made every effort to provide teachers and students with technological equipment to carry out teaching and learning. Please consult with your principal to discuss any specific needs you may have. 
 

Who do I contact if I am having technical issues? 

Please reach out to your teacher or the principal at your school. Some technical support is also available centrally to assist students. 

 

Instructions to connect your laptop to your home internet can be found in the box with the device that is being sent to student's homes. If you have any issues setting up your laptop, please contact the TCDSB Service Desk using our website. They are open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 8:00pm. You may call us at 416‐222‐8282 ext 4357, if you are unable to get to the website.  

 
Do I need to return my device for the summer?
Students who are graduating or not returning to a TCDSB school in September should return their devices. Those who are returning may keep their devices so they can continue to engage in online learning throughout the summer, and into the fall should there be a need to continue with some form of distance learning once schools reopen.
 

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Graduation / Tests / Report Cards / Trips & Events 

 

When will students receive their high school diplomas?

Diplomas are issued by the Province of Ontario. School boards are awaiting information as to when and how diplomas will be distributed to graduating students.

 

How will report cards be delivered?

 

Elementary School Report Cards

Elementary school report cards have been delivered via email. To access your child’s report card you will be prompted for a password. When asked for a password, please enter your child's date of birth in the following format YYYY/MM/DD, including all forward slashes, and then click the Download button.

 

  • YYYY is the 4 numeric characters for the birth year (e.g. 1998)
  • MM is the 2 numeric characters for the month (e.g. for January enter 01)
  • DD is 2 numeric characters for the day of month (e.g. 22)
  • Password example: 1998/01/22

 

Secondary School Report Cards

The email distribution of secondary school report cards began on July 6th. 

 

For any questions about report cards, please contact the school principal.

 

Is there post-secondary tuition assistance?

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). For detailed information including eligibility requirements please visit the Canada Emergency Student Benefit​ website.

 

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Child ​Care Centres and Playgrounds

 
When will child care centres in TCDSB schools reopen?

The government has announced that child care centres are permitted to reopen once they are prepared to operate and have enhanced health and safety protocols in place. Child care centres in TCDSB schools are beginning to reopen. Please contact operators directly to confirm program offerings, hours of operation and specific dates for reopening.

 

Are TCDSB sports playing fields and playgrounds open?

The City of Toronto has reopened some park amenities. TCDSB reopened most sports fields and basketball courts effective May 23, 2020. The following restrictions still apply:

 

  • Access is permitted for individual or non-organized use
  • All are asked to maintain physical distancing
  • Groups of up to 10 are permitted to gather
  • Play structures remain closed at this time

 

What is the Board doing to curb groups of larger than 10 at school playgrounds?
The Board has enlisted additional security who are making the rounds more frequently to ensure that school properties remain secure.

 

Will permits be reinstated?
All permits are cancelled until schools reopen.

 

Will the City of Toronto summer camp programs continue?

The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative. For details visit CampTO. 

 

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Sacraments and Liturgical Celebrations in the Archdiocese of Toronto​

 

When is the Archdiocese of Toronto reopening parishes and resuming Masses?

Many parishes have already reopened for Sunday Masses as per a recent announcement​ by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Parishioners should contact their local parish for detailed information regarding Mass times and safety protocols, and to get further information with respect to funerals, weddings and other Sacraments.

 

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Meetings


Are Board meetings continuing?

Public Board meetings, as well as some committee meetings (specifically the Catholic Parent Involvement Committee and the Special Education Advisory Committee) are continuing in a virtual format. Board meetings and SEAC meetings are webcast live​.The calendar of meetings can be found on the TCDSB Board Meeting page​.


How do I know what is being discussed if I can't watch the proceedings?

The agendas are typically posted the Friday before each meeting. The video from the meetings which are webcast are available for viewing the day after the meeting.


Will Parent Councils be able to meet in the fall?

During the school closure, Catholic School Parent Councils (CSPC) continued to meet virtually. School principals have all the information and tools they need to support CSPC chairs in this endeavour should there be a need to continue with this practice when school resumes in September.  

 

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