The Toronto District School Board has said the next opportunity for elementary students to switch between in-person and virtual learning will be in January.
Parents were initially told they would have until November 6th to decide whether to switch between the two models for a start date of November 23rd.
TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird confirmed earlier this week that the deadline for secondary students to make the switch is currently on hold.
“We came to the realization that we couldn’t go through that once again,” Bird told 680 NEWS.
“We have adjusted the schedule to request a switch between the two learning models and the next opportunity for elementary students will be offered at the end of January, 2021.”
“We looked at this, not only for the mental health of our students, our staff and their families, this was a tremendous undertaking. We have made the decision to push off that, not offer that specific date, and stick to the end of January,” Bird added.
The board said it will share more information Friday afternoon, after sharing the news earlier in the day.
That same day, Ontario schools saw a jump in new COVID-19 cases, with 109 , bringing the total in schools to 451.
More than half of the new cases in schools are related to students, with 55, while staff total 17 and 37 individuals were not identified.
Update for Elementary families-
To maintain stability in our schools, the next opportunity for elementary students to switch between in-person&virtual learning will be in January. Students will no longer be able to switch in November. More information will be shared later today. pic.twitter.com/iKtcwquZ9P
— Toronto District School Board (@tdsb) October 16, 2020