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Health a​nd Safety Protocols
Updated August 12, 2020
If there is a need for students to self-isolate, can they join an online learning class or course(s)?
Updated August 7, 2020
How are you ensuring the health and safety of students at school?
How will physical distancing be implemented in schools?
How will you ensure health and safety protocols are followed with washroom use in school?
Will students go through screening measures when arriving at schools?
Will students and staff wear masks?
Will there be opportunities for students to take their masks off during the day?
What happens if my child forgets, loses or damages their mask at school?
What measures are in place to ensure schools are properly cleaned and disinfected?
How can families support efforts to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in schools?
What will happen if my child gets sick at school?
Registr​ation Information
Updated August 12, 2020
Can my child opt for online learning instead?
Can my child switch between online and learning at school at any time in the school year?
Where can I find my child’s OEN Number?
I filled out the form but have changed my mind. What can I do?
Elementar​y School
Updated August 12, 2020
What will online learning look like if my child chooses the option to learn fully from home?
Why are class sizes so large, given the health and safety concerns?
Will families continue to be connected to their homeschool if they choose the fully online option?
Updated August 7, 2020
What plan did YRDSB select for the return to school in 2020?
Why did YRDSB choose the adaptive model?
What will online learning look like?
What will in-class learning look like?
What can I expect in Kindergarten?
Will there be before and after school care available?
Secon​dary School
Updated August 19, 2020
There has been some confusion about secondary timetables - has the Ministry approved the YRDSB timetable?
Are there changes to the YRDSB secondary timetable?
How much time will students be scheduled to attend in school?
What is a study hall?
Can I ask questions during the study hall?
Can I attend study hall on my off-day?​
Will instruction be provided during study hall?
Updated August 12, 2020
What will online learning look like if my child chooses the option to learn fully from home?
Will all courses be offered in the online learning model?
What specialty courses will be offered  in the secondary fully online learning environment?
What will online learning look like if my child chooses the option to learn fully from home?
How many students will make up an online class?
Can students stay at school after period 1 and study in the library or cafeteria?
Updated August 7, 2020
What plan did YRDSB select for the return to school in 2020?
Why did YRDSB choose the adaptive model?
What will online learning look like?
What will in-class learning look like?
When can secondary students/families expect to receive schedules/timetables?
How did the board arrive at this model for secondary school?
I have heard other boards are using a “quadmester” model for secondary schools, what is the difference between YRDSB’s model and quadmester?
In secondary schools, will siblings be cohorted on the same schedule?
Student S​​upports
Updated August 7, 2020
These new conditions may make my child feel anxious. How are you supporting students transitioning back to school?
How will students with special education needs be supported?
My child has special education needs. How will their learning be supported?
How will you help students catch up academically?
Transportatio​n and Busing
Is busing st​ill available?

Health and Safety Protocols 

Updated August 12, 2020

If there is a need for students to self-isolate, can they join an online learning class or course(s)?

Students may move to an online learning opportunity if there is a need to self-isolate.  


Updated August 7, 2020

How are you ensuring the health and safety of students at school?

We continue to work closely with public health authorities and follow their direction and advice. We are putting a number of health and safety measures in place in our schools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of our students, staff members and families. This includes:

  • Face coverings (PPE) - Parents/guardians will be expected to provide their child with a personal face covering (non-medical mask) to wear at school to reduce the spread of their own respiratory droplets to protect others. In Grades 4 to 12, students will wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school. In Kindergarten to Grade 3 non-medical or cloth masks are strongly encouraged for students. School staff will also be required to wear masks. 

  • Self-assessment - On a daily basis, parents/guardians of students under 18, students over 18 and staff members are responsible for reviewing and adhering to the COVID-19 self-assessment instructions provided by York Region Public Health. Any student or staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is required to remain home.

  • Hand washing and sanitizing - A hand sanitizing station will be placed in the front lobby of the school and in classrooms. Students and staff members will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, including when they enter the classroom, before and after lunch and recess, after using the washroom or touching shared objects or common touch spots. 

  • Cleaning and disinfection - Additional cleaning measures will be put in place in schools, including twice-daily cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces, in line with public health guidelines. 

  • Movement around the school - Directional signs and stickers will be installed throughout the schools to minimize close contact between students. 

  • Visitors - Until further notice, visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless identified through a prearranged exception. If you need to attend the school, please contact the principal to make arrangements. Accommodations will be made in emergency situations. Any permitted visitor must comply with safety protocols. 

For additional details on these and other requirements, please review our health and safety measures


How will physical distancing be implemented in schools? 

  • Classrooms will be decluttered and furniture removed or arranged to maximize physical distancing and mobility. 

  • Directional signs and stickers will be installed throughout the schools, including hallways, stairwells and washrooms to minimize close contact between students. 

  • Until further notice, visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless through a prearranged exception.

 

How will you ensure health and safety protocols are followed with washroom use in school? 

  • Students in Grades 4 to 12 will wear face coverings (non-medical masks) while in school. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in school. 

  • Students are to maintain physical distance at all times within the washroom, where possible. 

  • Students are to wash their hands when they enter and exit the washroom.

  • Teachers are recommended to create a washroom schedule with clear washroom breaks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).

  • Cohorts are to travel in groups to use designated washrooms. 

  • For unscheduled visits, 

    • Schools are to post the recommended number of users allowed per washroom based on the number of toilets/urinals in each washroom.

    • It is recommended that the number of students allowed in a washroom not exceed the existing number of toilets/urinals.

    • Students are to assess if the washroom has reached maximum usage as they enter based on posted signage. 

    • If maximum has been reached, students are to wait in hall in designated area

    • Floor decals spaced apart are to be placed outside washrooms for students to wait if the washroom is full.

    • Floor decals spaced apart are to be placed inside washrooms at areas such as sinks/hand washing areas.

  • It is recommended that students immediately leave the washroom as soon as they are finished.

 

Will students go through screening measures when arriving at schools? 

On a daily basis, parents/guardians of students under 18, students over 18 and staff members are responsible to review and adhere to the checklist from York Region Public Health. Any student or staff member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is required to remain home (the use of a mask is not an acceptable alternative). 

 

Will students and staff wear masks?

Parents/guardians will be expected to provide their child with a personal face covering to wear at school to reduce the spread of their own respiratory droplets to protect others. In Grades 4 to 12, students will wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school. In Kindergarten to Grade 3 non-medical or cloth masks are strongly encouraged for students. If a student does not have a face covering, they will be provided a non-medical mask by the school.

 

All school staff will wear medical grade masks.

 

Will there be opportunities for students to take their masks off during the day?

Outdoor times like recess can be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks within their cohorts.

What happens if my child forgets, loses or damages their mask at school?

If a child needs a mask, there will be a supply available in the main office of the school. 


What measures are in place to ensure schools are properly cleaned and disinfected? 

Cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces will be done twice a day as per Public Health guidelines and Standard Operation Procedure for Cleaning High Touch/High Contamination Areas. Shared equipment will be cleaned before and after use. Examples of shared equipment: IT/chromebooks and carts, physical education equipment, and science apparatus, etc.

 

How can families support efforts to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in schools?


Families can help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 by screening their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and keeping them home from school if they are sick or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Families should also encourage children to follow health and safety measures at school, including following physical distancing, hand washing or sanitizing, and wearing a mask as appropriate. Please also follow school protocols for pick up and drop off any other local health and safety measures in place. 


What will happen if my child gets sick at school?


Students and staff must stay home if they: 

  • Have any symptoms of respiratory illness, even if mild and contact York Region Public Health and your medical practitioner.

  • Have been told to self-isolate by public health or a medical practitioner.

  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • Have recently returned from travel that requires a period of self-isolation. 

Children or staff experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, even if mild, should stay home. The use of a mask is not an acceptable measure to attend school for those who are symptomatic. 

In cases where a student develops symptoms of COVID-19, the school will contact the student’s parent or caregiver to pick up the child immediately and ask them to bring the child to the nearest COVID-19 Assessment Centre. In these cases, students will be isolated in a prearranged sick room until a parent/guardian can pick them up. Staff will be provided with a protocol, based on public health advice, on what to do if a student or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19.


Registration Information​

Updated August 12, 2020

Can my child opt for online learning instead?

Our Board’s reopening plan gives families the option of sending their child to school or engaging in remote online learning.  Online learning will be available for students who do not return to school physically. In order to maintain safety and appropriate cohorts, children whose families opt for online learning in September may be required to wait for a specific entry point (e.g., end of a reporting period) to return to in-person learning at school.  We will support transitions between face-to-face and online learning when possible as space allows.

Can my child switch between online and learning at school at any time in the school year?

Our Board’s reopening plan gives families the option of sending their child to school or engaging in remote online learning.  Online learning will be available for students who do not return to school physically. In order to maintain safety and appropriate cohorts, children whose families opt for online learning in September may be required to wait for a specific entry point (For Elementary, after Progress Reports in November, 2020 or after Term 1 Reports in February, 2021. For Secondary, after Semester 1 in February, 2021) to return to in-person learning at school.  Please note that we will support transitions between face-to-face and online learning when possible as space and staffing allows. 

Where can I find my child’s OEN Number?

You can find your child’s OEN number on their report card. If you cannot find the OEN number, you can submit the form without that information. 

I filled out the form but have changed my mind. What can I do? 

You can complete the form again before Friday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. Your latest response will be used by the board to create classes and timetables. If you change your mind after Friday at 5:00 p.m., we will support changes between face-to-face and online learning when possible, as space and staffing will allows.


Elementary School

Updated August 12, 2020

What will online learning look like if my child chooses the option to learn fully from home? 

In elementary, subject-based learning blocks will be structured using a combination of:

  • live-time synchronous lessons

  • individual and small group work time

  • check-in and consolidation opportunities.  

Students will interact in real-time with the teacher and their peers at various times and work independently at other times throughout the day and week.  A timetable that includes lunch and break times will be provided by the teacher.  

Why are class sizes so large, given the health and safety concerns? 


YRDSB is following the guidelines from the Ministry of Education that elementary students will return to school in full cohorts.  


Please be assured, student and staff health and safety remains our top priority.  We will be following the recommendations of Public Health to decrease the risk of transmission.  This includes every student in Grade 4-12 and every staff member wearing a mask and every student in Kindergarten to Grade 3 being recommended to wear a mask.  Physical distancing and schedules will also be put in place to limit the number of people with whom students and staff have close contact, e.g., staggered recess times.

Will families continue to be connected to their homeschool if they choose the fully online option?


Schools will continue to communicate with all families registered in their school through the regular means of communication (e.g., Edsby, School Newsletter/Bulletin, School Council, school website) to help ensure the flow of up-to-date information, as well as to support back to school transitions should they occur at some point during the school year.


Updated August 7, 2020

What plan did YRDSB select for the return to school in 2020?

At the elementary level, students will be returning to full-time classes on a daily basis, with enhanced Public Health measures in place.  Every student in Grade 4 or above and every staff member must wear a mask.  Students in Grade 3 and under are not required to wear masks, however, it is strongly recommended.  Physical distancing will be a key component of classroom and school planning and procedures. 

Why did YRDSB choose the adaptive model?

York Region will open in September using an adaptive model to support student learning, as directed by the Ministry of Education. Over the course of a full semester, this adaptive model provides additional learning time, including in-class learning, compared to some other adaptive models that were reviewed. Additionally, in considering health and safety, this model also minimizes contact between cohorts of students as they will attend class with only one cohort each day during a rotation. 

 

What will online learning look like?

Families can make the decision to send their child to school or engage in remote online learning.  Online learning will be available for students who do not return to school physically. 

 

Online learning in elementary school will be available for students who do not return to school physically.  Students will be able to engage in online learning, including real-time live sessions, directed by a teacher in a scheduled manner similar to day school.  Specific remote learning classes will be created and taught by teachers available to the system.  This means that your child may be taught online by teachers who are not connected to your child’s school. We are awaiting further direction from the Ministry of Education and will provide details as they are finalized.

 

What will in-class learning look like?

In elementary schools, the Ministry of Education has indicated that elementary students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will attend school five days per week for the full day of learning in one cohort. School schedules, including start and end times, will remain the same.  Regular class sizes will be maintained. Students will remain in their classes as one cohort (or group).  Specialized teachers (e.g., French, The Arts) will still be joining classrooms to provide the full breadth of programming for students.  Recess and lunch will be staggered to adhere to cohort guidelines.School specific information on timetabling will be available to families in the near future as details are finalized.

 

What can I expect in Kindergarten? 

  • Kindergarten students will attend school five days per week, with 300 minutes of instruction per day, remaining in one cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch. 

  • Kindergarten classrooms will be decluttered and furniture arranged to minimize contact, but still allow for supervision. 

  • Learning will continue across the Four Frames for Learning (Belonging and Contributing, Problem-solving and Innovating, Demonstrating Literacy and Math Behaviours and Self-regulation and Well-Being) within a play-based model that adheres to current health and safety measures.

  • While at school, each student will have an assigned spot to keep their belongings. Activities requiring sharing of toys/manipulatives will be minimized. There will be increased opportunities for play in smaller groups, and materials will be sanitized after the play is done. 

  • Families and students will adhere to health and safety measures, including hand washing and sanitizing, pick-up and drop-off processes, screening, and regular cleaning and disinfecting.  

  • Snack and lunch times will have set times scheduled throughout the day. During snack and lunch, students will eat in designated spots that maintain physical distancing. 

  • Kindergarten students are not required to wear face coverings, however it is recommended. 


Will there be before and after school care available?

Before and after care can operate in schools. Please confirm with your child care provider. Where possible, child care programs will create grade-based cohorts.  Where school size prohibits grade-based cohorts, BA programs may need to combine grades.


Secondary School

Updated August 1​​9, 2020​

There has been some confusion about secondary timetables - has the Ministry approved the YRDSB timetable?

On August 18, 2020, the Ministry of Education issued a memo with clarification on its expectations for secondary timetables. The YRDSB timetable meets all these expectations and is grounded on providing high quality education while doing so safely. 

Are there changes to the YRDSB secondary timetable?

The timetable remains the same, but there is a slight change in the schedule, measured only in minutes per period. Students will attend in-person on alternating days for 150 minutes in the morning, then move to three periods of 50 minutes each taught remotely in a synchronous (live)  and asynchronous environment. The board will survey families to ensure they have access to technology and data to learn online.  Additional accommodations may be made at school to enable students to access online learning while at school. 


On the days that students are not attending in-person, they will attend a 150 minute period of online learning in the morning and three periods of 50 minutes of synchronous and asynchronous online learning in the afternoon. 

How much time will students be scheduled to attend in school? 

The class timetable remains as previously communicated - students will attend in-person class on alternate days for 150 minutes and three 50 minute periods of online learning. Students who require access to wifi, may attend the scheduled study hall in the afternoon to conduct their online courses. In the adaptive model, online learning will consist mostly of synchronous (live) learning with the teacher leading the class. 

What is a study hall? 

A study hall is optional for students (e.g., those that require additional internet access) and will consist of a school providing students with a space where they can attend their online periods at the school. Students must exercise physical distancing and will be supervised by a member of staff. Students must arrange their own transportation home after leaving the study hall. 

Can I ask questions during the study hall?

Questions regarding the curriculum being delivered should be directed to the teacher leading the course online. 

Can I attend study hall on my off-day?

Study hall is reserved for students who are attending in person on that day. 

Will instruction be provided during study hall?

Face-to-face instruction will not be offered during this time, nor access to a student’s subject specific teacher. Study hall will provide students with a designated space in the school and school wifi to access their online learning. During synchronous learning, students will be supported by virtual instruction by their online teachers.  Study hall will be supervised.


Updated August 12, 2020

What will online learning look like if my child chooses the option to learn fully from home? 

In secondary, students will be provided with their timetable and within each course block, learning will be structured using a combination of live-time synchronous lessons, individual and small group work time, check-in and consolidation opportunities.  Students will interact in real-time with the teacher and their peers at various times and work independently at other times throughout the period and the week.

Will all courses be offered in the online learning model? 

The information from the Reopening Registration Form will help inform our planning and be used to support the creation of remote classes for students. We will do our best to offer students the courses they selected in their timetables, however, we cannot guarantee that all courses will be offered at this time. Specific remote learning classes will be created and taught by teachers who are available to the system. This means that your child may be taught online by teachers who are not connected to your child’s school.


What specialty courses will be offered  in the secondary fully online learning environment?

The York Region District School Board will endeavour to provide specialty courses (e.g., FI, IB, AP, Arts) in a fully online environment, however, given the changing context and focus on maintaining health and safety protocols we cannot provide a guarantee at this time that all specialty courses will be offered in a fully online model.  SHSM and Co-op are not specialty programs and will continue, both face-to-face and online, with the necessary modifications to comply with Health and Safety guidelines. 


What will online learning look like if my child chooses the option to learn fully from home? 

In secondary school, students will be provided with their timetable and within each course block, learning will be structured using a combination of live-time synchronous lessons, individual and small group work time, check-in and consolidation opportunities.  Students will interact in real-time with the teacher and their peers at various times and work independently at other times throughout the period and the week.

How many students will make up an online class?

We are awaiting further direction from the Ministry of Education and will provide details as they are finalized.

My secondary school child travels a distance to school, and may not make it home for their first online course in the afternoon.  Will accommodations be made?

Wherever possible, teachers will be flexible in recognizing that some students may have to travel a distance to return home for online courses. Students should attempt to be as punctual as possible for their afternoon online classes. 

Will families continue to be connected to their homeschool if they choose the fully online option?

Schools will continue to communicate with all families registered in their school through the regular means of communication (e.g., Edsby, School Newsletter/Bulletin, School Council, school website) to help ensure the flow of up-to-date information, as well as to support back to school transitions should they occur at some point during the school year.


Can students stay at school after period 1 and study in the library or cafeteria?


Students must leave the school after period 1 and return home to take part in their afternoon periods, which will be conducted online. Until further notice, libraries and cafeterias are closed. 


Updated August 7, 2020

What plan did YRDSB select for the return to school in 2020?

Secondary schools in York Region will open in September using an adaptive model to support student learning, as directed by the Ministry of Education. In this adapted model, students will continue with their scheduled classes through a modified school schedule that includes both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous learning during the school day. When cohorts attend in the morning, they will participate in face-to-face learning for at least 145 minutes before leaving for home for further learning online. YRDSB and Ministry of Education staff  met to review our adaptive model and it was confirmed that it met the requirements of the ministry.  

Why did YRDSB choose the adaptive model?

York Region will open in September using an adaptive model to support student learning, as directed by the Ministry of Education. Over the course of a full semester, this adaptive model provides additional learning time, including in-class learning, compared to some other adaptive models that were reviewed. Additionally, in considering health and safety, this model also minimizes contact between cohorts of students as they will attend class with only one cohort each day during a rotation. 

 

What will online learning look like?

Families can make the decision to send their child to school or engage in remote online learning.  Online learning will be available for students who do not return to school physically. 

Secondary Online Support

Online learning will be available for students who do not return to school physically.   Students will be able to engage in live online learning in a manner similar to day schools.  Specific remote learning classes will be created and taught by teachers who are available to the system.  This means that your child may be taught online by teachers who are not connected to your child’s school.  We are awaiting further direction from the Ministry of Education and will provide details as they are finalized.

 

Please note that, in order to maintain safety and appropriate cohorts in elementary and secondary schools, children whose families opt for online learning in September will be required to wait for specific entry points for consideration to return to in-person schooling (e.g., end of a reporting period).   We will support transitions between face-to-face and online learning when possible as space allows.


What will in-class learning look like?

Secondary schools in York Region, as directed by the Ministry of Education, will open using an Adaptive Model to support student learning.  In this adaptive model students will continue with their scheduled classes through a modified school schedule that includes both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous learning during the school day.

 

In the morning, attending cohorts will attend schools for in-person face-to-face learning with their teachers for at least 145 minutes. Students will leave the school and later engage in live online synchronous learning for their afternoon classes with the entire class. On non-attending days, students will engage in synchronous and/or asynchronous learning in the morning and then engage in their afternoon classes through live online learning with the entire class. School specific information on school times will be available to families in the near future as details are finalized.

 

See sample timetables

 

When can secondary students/families expect to receive schedules/timetables?

 

We expect secondary school schedule(s) showing the start and end times of the school day and periods will be available by August 28, 2020. These will include cohort and attendance details. Secondary student timetables that list the courses to be taken will be available as of September 4, 2020. Given the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, timelines for distributing this information are subject to change.

 

How did the board arrive at this model for secondary school?  

This model minimizes contact between cohorts of students as they will be attending class with only one cohort each day during a rotation. Over the full semester, this model provides additional learning time, including in-class learning, as compared to some other adaptive models that were reviewed.


I have heard other boards are using a “quadmester” model for secondary schools, what is the difference between YRDSB’s model and quadmester?

In boards designated by the Ministry of Education, in person education in secondary schools is limited to groups of 15 students. To achieve this, boards may offer in-person class on alternating days for 50 per cent of the day. The time spent in class is similar across boards, regardless of which process is chosen. The YRDSB model is reflective of our schools’ needs, and also minimizes the contacts between cohorts of students as they will be attending class with only one cohort each day during rotation. 


In secondary schools, will siblings be cohorted on the same schedule?

We plan to cohort siblings on the same schedule whenever possible. 


Student Supports​

Updated August 12, 2020


How will students with special education needs be supported?

We recognize that all our students are unique and will have different needs when we return to schools and classrooms. Students with special education needs will have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) that reflect the learning model.  Individual Education Plans are written plans describing the special education program and services required by a particular student, based on a thorough assessment of the student's strengths and needs that affect the student's ability to learn and demonstrate learning. Regardless of the model selected, teachers will be supported to write Individual Education Plans that reflect the individual learning circumstances of each student this fall. Families will have an opportunity for input so that identified students have clear goals outlined for their learning. 

Students with high levels of special education needs, working on significantly modified and alternative curriculum, may require daily attendance and instruction. In such situations, they will be invited to attend school in-person each day in elementary and secondary school, unless they opt for the full online model. Students with special education needs who choose to continue online learning from home will be supported by a teacher and/or SERT. Learning will be provided through an online platform such as Google Classroom with synchronous and asynchronous learning and check-ins from their teacher/SERT/support staff (e.g., EA). Support of the Student Services team will be engaged to ensure programming is accessible and reflects students’ Individual Education Plans. Every effort will be made to provide students learning online with the special education programming and supports they require.

Students in Secondary Community Classes (Autism (non-credit), Developmental Disability, Multiple Exceptionality) will attend full days, with dismissal at the end of Block 4. All students in the following Specialized programs (Credit-Bearing Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intensive Mild Intellectual Disability, Learning Strategies, Language Learning Disability, PEAK, Locally Developed, ELD) will follow the Adaptive Model timetable but attend every day, not alternate days, when their Block 1 class is a designated specialty class with a class size of 16 or less, taught by a specific teacher. For example, if Learning Strategies is the 150 minute Block 1 class in a particular Rotation, then a student registered in Learning Strategies can attend every day Monday-Friday for the entire rotation, not every other day. When that same student moves into a Rotation where the 150 minute Block 1 class is a larger, non specialty class, e.g., Geography, the student will attend alternate days as per the standard adapted timetable. ​

Elementary Student Support Centres will operate with cohorted instructional periods. Students (by class or divisional cohorts) will enter the Student Support Centre for a portion of the Literacy and/or Mathematics block. The Special Education Resource Teacher will design the instructional program, develop the Individual Education Plan and generate the report card. At times, students will need to return to their homeroom class with work from the Student Support Centre. Special Education Resource Teachers may also provide direct support to students in homeroom classes. Individual Schools will exercise flexibility in how students are withdrawn to the Student Support Centre with some schools withdrawing students for a shorter time each day, or for longer periods on different days. Student Support Centre timetables will be created to align with health and safety requirements regarding indirect and direct student contacts. 

Learn more about special education services and supports


Will Grade 3 Gifted Screening occur and will my child be able to participate if we select fully online learning? 

YRDSB is planning to proceed with universal Grade 3 gifted screening (both Stage 1 and 2) in the 2020-2021 school year. The screening will occur consistent with previous years barring unforeseen circumstances.  Students who have selected fully online learning will be invited to participate in person in the screening process and all students identified as meeting criteria on Stage 1 will be invited to participate in Stage 2 screening irrespective of whether they are learning online or in the classroom. 

Updated August 7, 2020

How will you help students catch up academically? 

We recognize that the pandemic affected families in different ways and that some students were not able to regularly access online learning. Our caring and professional teaching staff will be prepared to support your child’s learning, well-being and academic achievement. 

These new conditions may make my child feel anxious. How are you supporting students transitioning back to school?


Our caring and professional school staff will be prepared to welcome your child and help them transition back to school. In addition, our mental health team is working to put resources and supports in place to promote mentally healthy transitions back to school for students. This will include: 

  • school-based resources for school staff 

  • the continuation of phone and web-based services from board psychologists and social workers for students when they need it. 

  • virtual mental health groups for students to provide additional supports in a group setting

Transportation and Busing​

Is busing still available? 

Yes. See the Student Transportation FAQ for more information. If your child is eligible for transportation service you may opt out of service for this school year by completing an online form which will be sent directly to you in early August.
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