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School Reorganization

Please review the December 11, 2020 update for families​ regarding in-class and virtual transfers.


During the start of the first return to school period (September to November), staffing for the virtual school faced a number of challenges given the unprecedented nature of the task. 


As we plan for the second term/quad and with an additional 2,800 students moving to a virtual learning environment, a reorganization of staff is necessary in both our bricks and mortar schools and at St. Anne Catholic Academy, School of Virtual Learning.


Elementary Schools


We are currently serving approximately 18,200 elementary students virtually through St. Anne and based on responses from families, an additional 1,300 elementary students have enrolled in virtual learning. 


The Board estimates that this increase of virtual students will create the need for 50 additional teachers at St. Anne’s Catholic Academy, School of Virtual Learning. The need to increase staff for virtual learning will result in shifting of staffing levels in our in-person schools. From our 167 elementary schools, 78 schools will be impacted by these changes. 
For some elementary classes, that will mean changes to current class sizes including increases in the average number of students, new students and some combined grades in elementary. We recognize that changes at this time are not ideal; however, they are necessary in order to support students equitably in both in-person and virtual learning. 

Secondary Schools 

We are currently serving approximately 6,000 secondary students at the St. Anne’s virtual school and based on responses from families, an additional 1,500 secondary students move to virtual learning for Quad 2. 
To protect course offerings and student access to pathways after graduation, we are introducing a pilot that will allow these 1,500 secondary students who are currently in-person and requested to switch to virtual, to remain connected to their home school with a virtual option. This means that in some instances, teachers will be connecting with their students physically in-class and also virtually at the same time. 
The total number of students in each cohort will still not exceed 15 students. 

Hot Spot ​Schools 

We would also like to reaffirm that the 36 high risk schools will maintain the lower class caps as motioned by the Board of Trustees. The maximum number for primary will remain at 15 students and for junior and intermediate classes at 20 students. In very few schools, space was an issue and the caps were adjusted for those situations. 



Please refer to our frequently asked questions​.