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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Coronavirus Information

  

FAQs regarding School Closures (March 14-April 5)


For Parents/Students

1. Where can I access the parent survey to confirm student technology needs?
You can find the survey online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCDSB-Home-Technology​.  

2. Do I need to report my child's absence?
Do not report absences while schools remain cosed. Note: your child will not be recorded as absent and we are awaiting confirmation from the Ministry on the code.

3. Will my child be able to graduate? 
At this time, we do not anticipate the closure will impact graduation. The Ministry of Education is working with universities and colleges regarding mark submissions and more information will be shared once available. 
 
4. Will the school year be extended?
We do not have any information at this time. The decision would need to be made by the Provincial Government.

5. Will OSSLTs be postponed?
The March 31 scheduled date is cancelled. The Ministry of Education has indicated that the literacy test graduation requirement will be waived this year for grade 12 students.

6. Will Grade 3 and 6 EQAO testing be impacted?
The Ministry of Education has indicated that EQAO assessments will be cancelled for this year. 

7. Will permits be cancelled?
Yes, all permits will be cancelled until schools reopen.

8. Will childcare centres, Early ON and before-and-after school programs be cancelled?
Yes. All licensed child care centres, Early ON and before-and-after school programs operating in TCDSB schools will be closed. If your child is in a childcare centre elsewhere, please inquire with your childcare provider.

9. How will my child keep up with their learning?
Curriculum-linked resources for each grade are available online and can be accessed from the TCDSB homepage. The Ministry of Education announced additional literacy and math resources which can be accessed here.

10. What is the TCDSB doing to ensure that schools are safe when they reopen?
Custodial staff are conducting a thorough disinfection of schools during the March break so that all schools are clean and ready on April 6. TCDSB also has sufficient supplies to continue with enhanced cleaning and disinfection for the duration of the school year. Hand sanitizers will also be provided at the front office for visitors to all schools.

11. Will Adult and Continuing Education classes and International Language programs continue?
Out of an abundance of caution, all programs are being cancelled and are expected to resume on April 6.

12. Will the Catholic Education Centre and field offices remain open?
Out of an abundance of caution, the Catholic Education Centre, and TCDSB East and West facilities will be closed to the public with the exception of limited pre-identified staff/access. All academic field offices will also be closed. If you need to get in touch with someone, please email them as staff will continue to regularly monitor their emails. 

13. Will sacraments (First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation) be postponed?
His Eminence Cardinal Collins has sent out a communication to the Archdiocese of Toronto on March 17, 2020, providing updates on restrictions, cancellations and postponements, including for Masses and Sacraments.  Letter can be accessed here: https://www.tcdsb.org/FORSTUDENTS/HealthandSafety/CoronaVirus/Letter_from_Cardinal_Collins_March17.pdf ​

14. Will TCDSB playgrounds and structures be impacted during the school closure?
Consistent with the latest direction from Toronto Public Health, all playgrounds, sports fields and amenities on TCDSB property are now closed. Signage has been created to indicate the closure to the public. 
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