The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is developing on-line work for nearly 250,000 students as educational institutions across Ontario stay closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an open letter to all parents, John Malloy, TDSB’s Director of Education, stated: “The Ministry of Education has asked school boards to use the next two weeks to develop plans to establish the delivery of curriculum for an extended closure. Working with the Ministry, we are developing a plan that would connect teachers to their students and/or their parents/guardians on a system-wide basis and would restore teacher-led learning to the greatest extent possible.”
During the two week preparation period, the Director of Education has encouraged parents, families and guardians to have their children / wards use the province’s newly launched Learn At Home program, along with the Student Learning Resources provided by TDSB. Earlier this month, the province cancelled all standardized testing in schools, followed by an announcement by Premier Doug Ford that schools will remain closed past April 6th until further notice.
Malloy also mentioned in his letter that all outdoor extracurricular amenities (playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, etc) will be closed in accordance with the decree issued by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, who had called for all such city amenities to be temporarily closed in an effort to limit public congregation and limit the spread of COVID-19.