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TDSB delays start of online classes for some elementary students

Last Updated Sep 22, 2020 at 11:10 am EDT

Children wait in a physical distancing circle at Portage Trail Community School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Tuesday was supposed to be the the first day of virtual school for thousands of elementary and secondary students in Toronto, but the Toronto District School Board has changed the plan at the last minute.

The board says there has been an overwhelming demand for virtual learning at the elementary level, so it’s moving to a rolling start.

In a letter to parents, the board says more than 60,000 students are now enrolled but not enough teachers have been hired.

Some students will be able to join live classes while others will begin independent online learning.

This is now the second time the TDSB has opted to delay the start as more families have signed up.

It said it’s 200 teachers short, and hopes to have the new hires in place by the end of the week.


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