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September 2021 Bell Time Changes for 15 Schools


The proposed bell time changes at 15 TCDSB schools will not take place in September 2021, as previously proposed. 


Start times were proposed to move from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and end times to move from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the following schools:


School ​Name​​

Ward #

St. Angela Catholic School

1

St. John Vianney Catholic School

1

Josyf Cardinal Slipyj Catholic School

2

St. Demetrius Catholic School

2

St. Simon Catholic School

3

St. Josaphat Catholic School

4

St. Jerome Catholic School

5

St. Raphael Catholic School

5

St. Robert Catholic School

5

St. Clare Catholic School

6

D'Arcy McGee Catholic School

9

St. Bernard Catholic School

10

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School

10

St. Matthew Catholic School

10

St. Brigid Catholic School

11


TCDSB Board of Trustees voted against the motion to change bell times at the February 2021 Corporate Services Meeting. 



Frequently Asked Questions


Why are school times being changed?

TCDSB remains committed to improving the efficiency of education services, including Board operations and transportation. As part of an annual review of bus route planning, it was determined that changing start times at the 15 Toronto Catholic schools would provide for the most efficient use of school buses and delivery of transportation service in these impacted communities. 

Why are school times being changed? Why was our school community chosen? Can another school change their times instead?

These 15 schools were selected as ​all other TCDSB schools’ transportation has already been optimized. The schools selected were chosen as a result of coordination with the TDSB, who was required to change times at 131 schools. 

What will the new start and end times be?

Beginning September 2021, start times will change from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and end times will change from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the impacted schools. 

Why were these start and end times chosen? Can we suggest an alternative time?

These new bell times were chosen as one of two bell time options offered by the TCDSB (8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.), as determined in collective bargaining. 

How do these changes benefit our school community?

By staggering the start and end times of these schools, the TCDSB is able to plan bus routes more efficiently and this will be better for our students by ensuring that:
  • Students get to school on time; and
  • We reduce the number of buses used for transporting students.

Will this save the Board money? Where will savings be spent?

These changes are projected to save the TCDSB approximately $1.6 million. These are significant savings each year that can be reinvested into programing that directly supports student success.


Will these changes result in a reduced environmental impact?

  • These changes will allow TCDSB to reduce resources by a total of 32 fewer school buses (and hard to find drivers). This will result in not only a reduced impact on the environment, but also fewer cancelled or late buses, therefore increasing our school bus transportation’s overall reliability. 

  • In our continued efforts to create a culture of conservation, including our 2016 resolution to become a Net Zero energy school board, TCDSB continues to find new and innovative ways to reduce our operations impact on the environment, including working with our transportation partners to improve transportation services and their related impacts on our environment.


Why do we need to coordinate our bussing with TDSB?

​TCDSB partners with the TDSB via the Toronto Student Transportation Group (TSTG) to coordinate shared transportation for students in the City of Toronto. Each year bus routes are evaluated in order to determine any possibility for route improvement/efficiencies.
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