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Thousands of Toronto students switching to online learning before flu season

Last Updated Oct 13, 2020 at 8:41 am EST

Teaching assistant Samuel Lavi helps out with an online class at the Valencia Newcomer School, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Phoenix. Communicating during the coronavirus pandemic has been trying for parents and students at the Phoenix school for refugees who speak a variety of languages and are learning to use technology like iPads and messaging apps. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

As Ontario braces for flu season, thousands of Toronto students are making the shift to virtual learning.

The Toronto District School Board said a total of 7,500 elementary students are making the switch to online learning.

Meanwhile, 3,000 students will make the transition back to in-class learning,

This switch follows the first of three deadlines which was offered to families last month. The next opportunity will be November 6th.

RELATED: More TDSB students switch to online learning while COVID-19 cases grow

However, secondary students have until Thursday to decide whether they’ll make the switch as well.

Public health officials have urged residents to get their flu shot, with the Ford and federal government investing nearly $70-million dollars in this year’s vaccine.

The CBC reported that the Ministry of Health describes it as, “the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario history.”


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