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Frequently Asked Questions


Last updated: May 10, 2022

Have questions about the 2021-2022 school year? Find answers to questions about the following topics:


Please note that these FAQs may continue to change as we are anticipating additional information/updates from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health (TPH).

Learning Model Options 2022-2023


When will families indicate their learning model preference for the upcoming school year?

Families received a detailed communication (elementary | secondary) on March 7, 2022 explaining families will be asked to select a learning model for their child(ren), beginning March 11, 2022. Families will receive a direct communication with a link to submit their child(ren)’s learning model selection for the 2022-23 school year, and will have until April 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. to submit their choice. This choice will be effective for the entire 2022-2023 school year.


Please refer to this letter on how to complete learning model selection​.


What happens if I don’t select a learning model for my child?

If we do not receive a response, your child will be automatically listed as in-person. This also applies to current St. Anne students.


If I select remote learning for my child, how will this impact their school year?


Elementary Remote Learning


Students going into kindergarten to Grade 8 who select virtual learning can expect the following: 


  • The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. 
  • Students will be assigned to virtual classrooms, teachers will record daily attendance, and recess/lunch breaks will be scheduled. 
  • Students will engage in regular curricular programs including core French instruction, music and health and physical education. 
  • No specialty programming such as French Immersion, Extended French or International Languages will be offered. 
  • Extra-curricular activities and all celebrations, including Grade 8 Graduation and Kindergarten End of Year celebrations will only be available virtually. 
  • In-person attendance may be required for some testing. For example: Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO standardized testing in reading, writing and mathematics or OLSAT 8 gifted screening for Grade 4 students.
  • If you select virtual learning, your child will be a student of St Anne, School of Virtual Learning and will not be part of their current in-person school. 
  • We are working with school administration to ensure students who select remote learning for the 2022-2023 school year will have a spot back in their most recent in-person school for the 2023-2024 school year.


Secondary Remote Learning


​Students going into Grade 9 to 12 who select virtual learning can expect the following: 


  • The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. and will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. 
  • Students will be assigned to virtual classrooms, teachers will record daily attendance, and lunch break will be scheduled. 
  • Students will have access to core curricular subjects. 
  • No specialty programming such as French Immersion, Extended French, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, OYAP or any hands-on courses, such as but not limited to, Construction Technology, Automotive Technology, etc. will be offered. 
  • Students cannot begin a SHSM program through St. Anne but students entering Grade 12 who had previously begun SHSM programs can complete their Red Seal. 
  • Limited cooperative education opportunities will be available through virtual placements. 
  • Extra-curricular activities and all celebrations, including Grade 12 Graduation will only be available virtually. 
  • In-person attendance may be required for some testing. For example: Grade 9 Math EQAO and Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy standardized testing. 
  • Please note that courses taken at the virtual school cannot be used toward the two eLearning credits required for graduation. Students may be able to take a Day eLearning asynchronous course to satisfy this graduation requirement, per semester, as required. 
  • The ability to offer courses may be limited and will be dependent on the number of students choosing each course during the course selection process.
  • We are working with school administration to ensure students who select remote learning for the 2022-2023 school year will have a spot back in their most recent in-person school for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • St. Anne Secondary will be semestered. Students who transfer to St. Anne from a non-semestered school cannot transfer mid-year back to their non-semestered school, even if there is space. 
 
Will both secondary learning model options offer the semester model for the 2022-2023 school year?

Yes. Under the semester model, students will carry 4 courses per day.


Are secondary students required to complete online learning courses to graduate?

Beginning with the cohort of students who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-2021 school year, all students must earn a minimum of two online learning credits as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma​ unless they have been opted out or exempted in accordance with the processes described in this memorandum. Adult learners entering the Ontario secondary school system in 2023-2024 or later will also be required to meet this graduation requirement unless they opt themselves out of the requirement in accordance with the processes described in this memorandum. 


Students working towards other certificates (for example, the certificate of accomplishment or an Ontario Secondary School certificate) are not required to complete the online learning graduation requirement, however they may be encouraged to enroll in online learning courses to support the development of digital literacy and other important transferable skills that help prepare them for success after graduation and in all aspects of their lives. 


More information about this graduation requirement in available in Policy/Program Memorandum 167 on the Ontario Ministry of Education website.


Health and Safety Measures


​General Health and Safety Measures


Are students still required to use screening passports daily?

No. Effective March 21, 2022 screening passports will no longer be required to be signed by parents/guardians daily. However, staff and families are encouraged to continue to self-screen at home and to stay home if they have symptoms.


How often will schools be cleaned? 
Caretaking staff will perform thorough cleaning of general facilities throughout the day and will conduct cleaning of high touch surfaces such as light switches, handrails, door handles, etc. as required. Washrooms will be cleaned frequently and shared items will be used minimally and disinfected between users. 

Will shared spaces and materials (e.g.: cafeteria, gym and library) be available to students? 
Students will be able to access space in the cafeteria, gym, library and computer/technology labs in their school.  

Can lockers or cubbies be used? 
The use of lockers / cubbies is permitted. 

Masking and Vaccine Clinics

Updated! What are the requirements for masking in TCSDB schools and offices? 

As of March 21, 2022 masks and eye protection will no longer be required for staff and students. However, staff and students can continue to wear masks and eye protection if they wish. We ask that you respect the decisions of all students and staff who may decide to wear or not wear masks. We will continue to support those decisions as well. 


Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals travellers returning to Canada who are exempt from quarantine (including unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who are exempt from quarantine due to accompanying a fully vaccinated adult) are still required to wear a mask in public settings (including school and child care) and maintain a list of all close contacts for 14 days after arrival in Canada.


Visit the federal quarantine travel rules and TPH screening poster​ for more information.


How will families learn about school based vaccine clinics? 

TCDSB continues to partner with Toronto Public Health on school-based vaccine clinics for youth and staff. Information is shared directly with staff and families from the school.  


Self-Isolation


If my child is required to isolate for a short period of time at home, how will their learning continue?

We continue to explore all opportunities to keep students engaged in their learning during short-term remote absences. For students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, if a student is required to isolate, the following can be expected:   

  • Teachers will provide daily asynchronous learning opportunities for students via Brightspace or Google Classroom that aligns with the work the class is covering. 
  • TVO Learn resources will also continue to be accessible to support curriculum for at-home learning, when required.

If a student has recently travelled, will this impact their return to school?

If the child/student travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days: 



We also encourage families to review the Toronto Public Health website​, which outlines expectations for self-isolation.   


When should a student or staff member stay home based on screening symptoms? 

Following the TPH screening tool​ will assist with determining whether or not a student or staff member should attend school.  


Reporting


Will TCDSB be collecting vaccination status from staff and students?
As per the Ministry of Education, as of March 21, 2022 vaccine disclosure policies across all sectors, including school boards, have been rescinded. TCDSB will no longer collect staff and student vaccine status. Unvaccinated staff will no longer be required to undertake Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) weekly. As a result, RATs will no longer be distributed. 

Will classes/cohorts or schools still be dismissed for public health reasons?  
No. Public health will no longer be dismissing cohorts since cases will no longer be reported to public health. Students/staff are expected to monitor daily and remain home if sick or experiencing symptoms outlined in the screening tool. 


Facilities & Ventilation


Does every classroom have a portable HEPA unit in TCDSB? 

Yes. TCDSB invested in portable HEPA units beyond Ministry requirements resulting in units in every classroom throughout the system. Most common spaces such as gyms, libraries, offices also have HEPA units and we are in the process of acquiring more from the provincial government to add to additional common spaces or in some case, add two units in larger spaces (e.g., gymnasiums and libraries).  ​


What other ventilation upgrades have been done? 

In the last 18 months the TCDSB has made a significant investment in school ventilation in all schools. Beyond the use of HEPA air filters, this includes assessing all HVAC systems to make sure they are working optimally, increasing filtration in mechanical ventilated schools,  

using 100% outside air, and running HVAC systems for longer periods of time. More information about school ventilation on the Ventilation in Schools webpage​. ​


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Extracurricular Activities


Are there any restrictions in place for extra-curricular activities at this time? 
No. All extra-curricular activities such as sports and clubs have resumed. 

Are students required to be vaccinated to participate in extracurricular activities? 
As per the Ministry of Education, as of March 21, 2022 vaccine disclosure policies across all sectors, including school boards, have been rescinded. Students participating in indoor extracurricular sports/teams/activities - including where there is competition between other schools, mixing with students from other schools and travel to other schools or external venues – will no longer be required to be vaccinated.
 
What are the protocols for physical education classes? 
Protocols for physical education are the same as classroom and extracurricular activities, as outlined above. As of March 21, 2022 no additional restrictions will apply to physical education classes. 

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Resources for Remote Learning


These materials are intended to be be accessed in addition to the asynchronous work assigned by the classroom teacher.

  • Many activities available for teachers, students, and their parents
  • Everything is aligned with the Ontario Curriculum (Math, Language, Geography/History)
  • Learning Activities include 3 part lesson (Minds On, Action, Consolidation)
  • Each Learning Activity is approximately 15 minutes long

  • Student Registration is required
  • 1 to 1 math tutoring at no cost to students

  • Educator or Parent Registration required
  • Geared to Grades 1 through 6
  • Math and STEAM related interactive games

TVO Power Hour of Learning


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