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Please listen to the School Messenger call-outs and check your emails (if you have provided one to the school).  The school will be updating you on a regular basis as the TDSB and the Ministry develop strategies for home learning.

First and foremost please know that we are thinking of you all during these difficult and unknown times.  We hope that this message finds you safe and in good health.

At this time the Ministry has provided a Learn at Home link for students to practice math and literacy skills.

There is also a link available on the TDSB website for Mental Health & Well-Being supports

As this information is provided to us we will ensure that you are updated on a regular and timely basis.  

You are asked to visit the Toronto District School Board website for current news and to check the school website regularly.  it is important to listen to the School Connects calls and review emails sent by the school and the Board.

At this point the school building is fully closed.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our admin team using the following email addresses:

mike leblanc, Principal

Andaluza Nagy, Vice-Principal at

Deborah harris, Office Admin at

Again, please know that we are committed to supporting our students, parents and staff.


Respite Updates

Please read the five updates below to support our families as it relates to Respite Care and Mental Health.

1. For any safety and emergency issues related to our students, it is suggested that parents may consider calling 911 for Police support.

2. TDSB also has support for students’ mental health and well-being including providing online resources and outreach to students and families.

3. Please see below an example of a communication that was sent by one agency; Community Living.

4. More information can be found following this link

For any students with varying needs Contact, 416-322-6317 x 1

* Complete the family registration form

* By Friday, they should know if they can still support families with linking them to a provider

* Rates go from $17-20 hourly however for students with challenging behaviours, rates higher may apply.

* Can support with funding and also navigation service

5. Here is an option for families in need at this time in TORONTO only. Things may change by Friday as many of the agencies are contacting the Province to reinstate their business as an "essential service" and would like to re-open.

For students with challenging behavioural challenges and require intensive respite supports (Please note that TDSB does not endorse private agencies) For immediate respite supports contact

* WM +A is still supporting respite at home and in the community

* Due to quarantine procedures, car rides and walks in the parks are the main options of being out in the community, WM +A has experience with students with disabilities and

* Rates start from $34-37 an hour however a $2-3 premium is being added as these workers are working within the current state.

* Hours are from 7 am to 11 pm for respite, 7 days a week

* Office is working remotely however will pick up calls until 11 PM daily

Other resources for parents podcast for ADHD and coronavirus info:

Mindfulness for Families and other resources: Community Living Toronto has compiled some resources to assist the families we support as they cope through these trying times which can be found at

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Welcome to our specialized learning community, providing a safe and nurturing environment for students with unique needs. With just 140 students, we offer small classes with a challenging, friendly atmosphere of mutual respect. Our caring teachers and support staff help our students become contributing members of society through our focus on responsibility, skill development and employability skills. Our school motto is "The three Rs; respect for self, respect for others and taking responsibility." We focus on helping students transition to independence or work.