Toronto District School Board moves classes online due to winter snow storm

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The Toronto District School Board is moving classes online as a major winter snowstorm sweeps the region Monday morning.

TDSB made the official call shortly after 6 a.m.

On what was supposed to be the first day back to school, after two weeks of online learning following the Christmas Break due to Omicron, students instead will be logging on virtually for another day.

A major winter storm moved into the GTA and southern Ontario during the early Monday hours, dumping several centimetres of snow. Snow is expected to continue to fall throughout the day.

Read more: Parts of Ontario set to receive ‘biggest winter storm’ in several years

“Given the significant snowfall overnight and more expected this morning, we have made the decision to cancel school busses and close all TDSB schools — including those supporting students with complex medical and special education needs — to in-person learning for today,” the TDSB said Monday morning.

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The TDSB gave parents and staff a heads up late Sunday night that since students have already been learning remotely for the last two weeks that it would just extend it for an additional day for everyone in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

“As shared with families yesterday, all schools will be moving to remote learning today,” the board said.

The TDSB recently changed its policy on “snow days” amid the pandemic. The board said when it decides to cancel buses and in-person attendance at schools due to bad weather that there is no instruction for the day, not even virtually. But it has made an exception for Monday to go remote.

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In an email to Global News Monday afternoon, Ryan Bird, a spokesperson for TDSB, said a second virtual day was not currently being considered.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) in the city has also closed in-school instruction due to weather. Classes will be remote.

“Due to the weather, all school bus transportation has been cancelled & schools are closed for in-person learning today. Staff & students will continue to remain engaged in remote learning at home,” the Toronto Catholic District School Board tweeted shortly after 6 a.m.

Asked whether schools would be closed again on Tuesday, a spokesperson for TCDSB told Global News Monday afternoon, that the board was continuing to “assess the situation,” and would inform the school community following its inclement weather protocols.

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Ontario has been grappling with controlling the spread of COVID-19 since Omicron took hold. Students were set to return to in-person learning Monday but will have to wait until Tuesday due to bad weather.


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