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York Region school board postpones deadline for elementary students’ request model

Prior to lockdown, families were changing model from in-class to online and vice versa
Jan. 18, 2021
Dina Al-Shibeeb

York Region District School Board said it has postponed the elementary school model change request opportunity amid the temporary extension of the provincial lockdown, keeping classes online until Feb. 10 at the earliest.

“We will share more information on next steps and new timelines when available,” YRDSB added for its announcement made on Twitter Jan. 13.

Previously, elementary school families were slated to have the opportunity to submit a school model change request beginning Jan. 15, with a Jan. 19 deadline to submit the request.

Prior to the lockdown, families were continually switching.

YRDSB shared some figures, stating 665 gifted students in Sep. 17 went back to face-to-face (F2F) and 150 students moved from F2F to virtual in October.

For community classes, 119 learners went back to F2F while 99 moved from F2F to virtual in October.

For secondary virtual school (SVS), about 374 partially integrated students moved from F2F to SVS in September and there was no system model change for secondary in October.

So far, YRDSB is also looking for feedback from elementary school families and students on its current learning environments to aid with their future learning plans.

“There is one for families and one for students,” it said, proving this link:

YRDSB said in the coming weeks, the same feedback request will be done for elementary families and students.