@tdsb Following delegations - now hearing from @kgfalcon Interim Director - updated based on @TOPublicHealth advice... agenda below
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth SO Andrew Gowdy - #COVID19 in geographic context - June-August through most recent (Nov-Dec) - deeper the blue greater the risk - overlaid with elementary schools and secondary schools
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth Slides show the high-risk neighbourhoods - in the 3rd map added in the 12 schools @TOPublicHealth dismissed - number in the central part of the city; this also shows the schools participating in the asymmetric pilot as purple dots
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth The 4th maps adds in schools that had COVID-19 cases during November and December - dot size represents cases - shows no part of the City immune - 406 of 583 schools - 70% of @tdsb schools
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth This slide summarizes the COVID-19 cases per @tdsb in-person enrolment - suggests high-risk schools experienced more cases than the other schools - question lingers - what would the rate have been if we didn't add in mitigation measures in the 93 schools?
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth AD Snider speaks to the UK variant - @TOPublicHealth confirms that if PPE used effectively, sufficient safety in place
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth Outbreaks in the schools that were dismissed are over and when we reopen, so can these schools
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth 11 @tdsb schools participating in the pilot asymmetric testing
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth We continue to work with @TOPublicHealth to improve testing logistics - can we do pre-consent for testing? Can we get better lists to @TOPublicHealth? Can we do more testing at schools
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth An update from Provincial Testing
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth Messaging from the Province re support for Students with Special Needs
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth By the second day back, understood where in-person learning was required to support students - potential of simultaneous learning in some classes supported by an occasional teacher
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth Attempted to coordinate transportation and LHIN coordinators
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth Number of students and schools continue to grow - dynamic - with the extensions learning needs expected to grow
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth The importance of #mentalhealth supports for staff, students and parents - referrals continue electronically - culturally relevant supports for students - important for socialization and constant changing and copc - calendar will be posted shortly for students/family
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth The importance of #mentalhealth supports for staff, students and parents - referrals continue electronically - culturally relevant supports for students - important for socialization and constant changing and copc - calendar will be posted shortly for students/family
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth Areas of support in both @tdsbvs as well as bricks and mortar schools - counselling, support and interventions @TDSB_MHWB
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Reached out to families - transfers from bricks and mortars to virtual school
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Requests from virtual to bricks and mortars
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Could we switch 1:1 "trade" between the two? Not possible at this point
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Now just in time data - @TOPublicHealth advice - now that schools are staying remote to February 10th this may be updated - @TOPublicHealth recommended concerns over the February switch date
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB They asked us to consider two options - again, now that closure continues, we will be meeting again with @TOPublicHealth
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Within @tdsbvs almost at the 1:1 ratio in VS3 should read 137 and French in LC4 should read 7 - only 5 positions remain unfilled
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Re Secondary Quadmester Changeover - movement from VS to bricks and mortar continued until Jan 11 - new Quad begins on February 8, 2021
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Update on Virtual School budgets -
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB I was able to ask questions which I couldn't live tweet so will add at the end - now Q & As - high-risk communities continue to require supports - and the decision to require masks - important decisions - we will continue to support and put resources where needs are
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Statement of support for teachers, education workers, and staff at all levels - What does the gathering of 5 outside mean for our playgrounds? Seeking clarification and will get back ASAP; Q with relation to students with special needs at school - critically important
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re families struggling with on-line hours - do families need to ask for exemptions? A - if child is struggling family should contact teacher - reminder has been put out to SO that exemption process still in place - stresses families reaching out to teacher
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re switch dates - @TOPublicHealth concerns re cohorts switching - are numbers comparable to Oct switch date? Concern re numbers in bricks & mortar - Q re devices - where are we at with that? List shared with Ps on Dec 15 - on a daily basis still receiving requests - today 135
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Schools fulfilling requests from local stock for bricks and mortar students - but we do have central pool that we can support if school runs out - requests can still be made
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q on staff survey - research department is currently reviewing for themes and trends - update will be brought in the next few weeks - student/parent check-in going out this week and ThoughtExchange after that is completed
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q on maps - will the 93 schools be expanded? Do more schools need support to lower class sizes? @TOPublicHealth hasn't provided more direction - but they are reinforcing the use of PPE and physical distancing and cohorts kept together as much as possible
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re 1-way switch - class sizes may be reduced - what about collective agreements and size of virtual school? If we have to hire additional teachers for 6500 would need to hire approx 300 teachers - significant cost - may not be able to do a 1-way switch without cohort changes
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re there are congregated and other sites are open for students with special needs - what about other students with special needs? As the closure continues we will continue to support one on one requests
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q if multiple students in a household, can all get devices? And how is it communicated? Requests made through local school Principal - google form is entered - information is verified - within 48 hrs students get device if in virtual school - communicated directly with families
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q what support is there for parents supporting children at home? Staff are convening a group to articulate supports that can be sent home - hope it can help - understand parents are not teachers and yet young kids often need them to help with on-line learning
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Director @kgfalcon stresses for parents to seek support from their teacher or administrator if they are struggling - reiterating to families re expectations - we are in a pandemic - messaging - it is OK if today was not a full school day... priority is health & wellness
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re supports - A - across the system - approx 600 referrals per Learning Centre - social workers approx 1:35 families per Learning Centre - now reallocating 5 social workers to triage requests for @tdsbvs - there are no wait lists
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q What materials does a Virtual teacher need for the $100 budget? A - several teachers needed support for instruction purposes and digital resources
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q Why did the secondary schedule change? And the training re PD vs what EDU said vs the reality A Training was part of the September PD - however there is not a teacher who hasn't had to do extraordinary work to get ready for the teaching and learning in a remote situation
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Follow-up re ongoing PD support for elementary virtual teachers? Are we developing anything about teaching in the virtual environment? A Centrally assigned Principals working to build capacity - inclusive design - pedagogical strategies on line, etc.
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q Re intrusions into Virtual Space A We are tracking and if there is an incident we bring a response team together and we communicate - doing what we can to prevent - Q re attendance at Virtual Schools and remote model A staff will bring that back
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q Also requesting and update on Caring and Safe Schools? Can they be open? A Yes - will follow-up
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q Is everything now Virtual School? No - students who were in bricks and mortar school are learning remotely but are not in virtual school - they stay with their teacher ; Q re devices - what about family who can't afford internet? A we have no iPads left - but we send hubs
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q What's next? Thinking about extended closure... reopening post-closure and reopening in Sep - we had planning tables Can we get an update on planning forward?Asking staff to report back
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re @TOPublicHealth feedback - can communication be forwarded? A Evolving question - and we will continue to meet to go over what we will do next - no recommendations at this point - still processing
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q What do we know about EQAO and updated numbers around secondary resources re guidance and spec ed supports? Can staff bring back updates. Re Team Meetings - ISTs and SSTs are continuing - bricks and mortar principal are connected to the meetings
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re Quintile 5 schools - how were they designated? A Analysis in August was @TOPublicHealth - they provided list of 80 schools - then @tdsb added 13 additional schools using our own data - now @TOPublicHealth has provided raw data to schools - and @tdsb created the maps
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Now in an active pandemic and active school year @TOPublicHealth is not evaluating the data but providing it to @tdsb - staff committed to ask directly at their next call
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q Another reiteration of concerns re screen time and the process by which parents seek exemptions - but reminder to reach out to school first tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Lear…
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Final comments from Interim Director @kgfalcon - deep gratitude acknowledging the challenges - how this is impacting students, staff and families - more to come
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Now back to my Qs - information re accessing emergency childcare for staff who are working in buildings supporting students with special needs received today and will be shared through Principals and Federations and Unions and Associations to all affected staff
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re learning loss - A acknowledgement this will be different for different students and that staff will build this into plans for September 2021
@tdsb @kgfalcon @TOPublicHealth @tdsbvs @TDSB_MHWB Q re support for all representative voices around the table to plan for back to school - hopefully after the emergency passes and also for September

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