Toronto school board delays virtual classes until Sept. 22

The Toronto District School Board has postponed the start of its virtual schooling until Sept. 22, citing growing numbers of online students.

The board says it needs to finish staffing and timetabling processes. 

Canada’s largest school board, which was slated to start online learning on Thursday, said Monday that the number of online students has gone from approximately 66,000 to more than 72,000 since last Tuesday.

This has resulted in the addition of more than 200 virtual classes, which all require a teacher. 

“It became clear over the weekend, especially with increasing numbers, staffing a Virtual School of this size — larger than the total enrolment of most school boards in Ontario — was not going to be possible in time for Thursday,” said the board’s interim director of education, Carlene Jackson, in a memo to parents Monday. 

The TDSB said this delay will also allow students and families to set up their online accounts and familiarize themselves with the platform. This delay will also apply to students in Special Education ISP classrooms.

The board said it will share additional information with families in the following days.