September 4 Update

Hello LKS Parents.

We hope all of you are well.

We are having so much fun these days we thought we would share some news.

The results of the Registration Survey are in and just over 90% of you have opted for In-School while approximately 9% have opted for Virtual.  To give you some context, the average across the TDSB was 70% for In-School learning and 30% Virtual.

As you may have read/heard, approximately 48,000 students across the TDSB will be starting the year in the virtual platform.  What this means for the system is the redeployment of about 2,000 teachers to run the Virtual Schools.

Today we are hoping to receive our new Teacher Allocation which may result in a change to our current classroom organization.  We have already been working on possible scenarios so will hit the ground running once we do receive.

Next week, we will be working with teachers and consulting with your Parent Council if our model needs to change.  No matter our allocation, as a result of those students that are being taught remotely, we will need to modify our class lists, and possibly structure, to ensure we are abiding by the caps of 27 in JK/SK, 20 in grades 1 to 3, and 27 in grades 4 to 8.  We will also have to make modifications to the teacher and student timetables.  When this is complete, all parents will be notified of their child’s placement and first day instructions (i.e where to meet, etc.).  While we originally hoped for placements to go out September 8-10, it will likely be somewhat delayed.  Everything is dependent on us receiving the allocation before moving forward.

Staff has been in this week working together to get ready.  We have held our staff meetings in the gymnasium with everyone bringing a chair and spreading themselves out – good thing I am loud!  Along with the staffing piece, class placements, and timetable modifications next week, you will also see a number of us outside painting where classes will be lining up and other directional markings.  While organization is key to any school year start-up, this year it is even more important.

While much continues to be thrown at us last minute, we are on top of things, enthusiastic, and tremendously excited to get our students back in this building.  The LKS staff never ceases to amaze us with their ‘can-do’ attitude. 

Have an amazing long weekend and you will hear from us next week.

John and Kimm