Trustee Update

Zakir Patel • Ward 19: Scarborough - Guildwood
Toronto District School Board
Tel: 416-395-8787 • Cell: 647-709-7973
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Everyone should avoid non-essential trips in the community. Avoid close contact and keep a distance of 6 feet (2 metres) from others. Everyone has a role to play. The actions you take will protect you, loved ones and those most vulnerable in our community. It’s time to step up, not out.

Tips to Prevent the Spread
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed:
  • Limit non-essential trips out of your home.
  • Keep two metres/six feet distance from others.
  • Wear a mask or face covering if you can’t keep physical distance.
  • Clean your hands often. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based (70-90%) hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
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Updated Timeline for Reopening Plans

TDSB's projected timeline continues to evolve as meetings are scheduled and finalized with key stakeholders. Here is the most recent timeline, as of July 3. You can also access information from the Board's website here.
Please remember, the TDSB does not have the ability to make its own decision regarding re-opening... the Minister of Education will be making this decision.
All school boards have been asked to prepare for three scenarios - returning to school, hybrid/adaptive model and remote learning.
We would like our students and staff to return safely to school in September. We will prepare for all eventualities; however we must follow the lead of the government and public health. Please note staff's first draft of reopening plans will be shared at a Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 15  beginning at 4pm.
What more can be done? My colleagues are working on an emergency motion for Special Board Thursday - stay tuned...

Delegation Process - Addressing a Committee

Delegation requests will still be accepted during the closure of all schools and administrative sites at the Toronto District School Board; however, oral delegations to address a committee of the Board will be presented by phone. To submit a delegation request (written or oral), please refer to the information here and email If your request is approved, further details will be provided to you via email.

Upcoming Special Meetings This Week

The Toronto District School Board is committed to developing opportunities for our wider school community to connect and engage in conversations about education issues. Due to the closure of all schools and administration sites at the Toronto District School Board, all standing committee and regular board meetings will be held virtually and broadcasted live to the public. Click here at the start time to view -

Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.
Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee (View Live Cast) Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.
  • 3. Delegations - To be presented
  • 4. Virtual Town Hall Meetings: Community Feedback - To be presented
Special Board (View Live Cast) Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. (Note the meeting will begin with a Private Session)

Budget Update: July 6, 2020

The TDSB’s Financial Position and Draft Operating Budget for 2020-21 is being presented to Trustees at a Special FBEC meeting on Tuesday, July 7. Staff are not recommending any reductions or changes to current operations so that all efforts can be focussed on re-opening the system safely, with staff and student health and well-being prioritized. That said, staff are recommending an additional $22.5M in Covid-19 related costs for the first four months of the new budget (September-December). Since the projected operating deficit is primarily due to additional COVID-19 costs, staff are recommending the use of reserves to offset the projected deficit, and are requesting that the Ministry of Education provides additional funding to support school boards as they navigate opening schools back up safely next year.

Read the full 2021 Financial Projection and Draft Operating Budget for more information.

We are committed to a transparent budget process and welcome all feedback from the community. If you have questions or comments to share, or would like more information about next year’s budget, please join us at a TDSB Budget – Virtual Town Hall Meeting on July 8 (1 and 7 p.m.) or depute at the upcoming FBEC Committee on July 9.

Previous Budget Updates

Budget Town Halls

This year, as a result of the closure of schools and cancellation of in-person meetings at the TDSB due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two virtual budget town hall meetings will be held to ensure that the community has an opportunity to hear directly from staff about the 2020-21 budget, and also ask questions and provide feedback. Click here for more

Join Us - Online Groups for Students Who Identify as Black 

Black students in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to join our virtual support group. Drop ins are welcome every Tuesday and Thursdays at 3 p.m. until the end of July for students who identify as Black as a way to share and learn in a community to support each other and stay well. Topics you may choose to talk about or learn about include:
  • talking to other students
  • stress management
  • knowing your rights when stopped by the police
  • know your rights in the TDSB
  • Black history
  • how to appeal marks
  • how raise concerns in school
  • mental health
  • physical health
  • how to address arguments with friends and family
Register to attend a session and a Google Meet link will be sent to you.

School Year Calendar 2020-2021

Pending Ministry Approval
The TDSB’s draft 2020-21 school year calendar has been posted to the website at Please note that the calendar has not yet been approved by the Ministry of Education.
NOTE: The Ministry recently released updated guidelines and deadlines for the 2020-21 school year calendar. Staff will be reviewing the guidelines and where needed get further clarification, and will be advising as to what adjustments to the TDSB school calendar may, could or will need to be made.
The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1 to June 30, inclusive.
First day of school for students is September 8, 2020 (please note there is no school for students on September 4)
  • The last day of class for elementary students is June 29, 2021
  • The last day of class for secondary (full year) students is June 25, 2021
  • The last day of class for secondary (semestered) students is June 28, 2021



Asd per  the  OSSTF job action there are no  late starts  until  further notice .....

Parents want the best education for their children. Our goal is to provide your family with a positive learning environment, with a variety of programs and services that promote outstanding student achievement. We value the partnership between home and school and know that parental involvement is the key to success in school. By welcoming you and providing opportunities for you to be involved, we can work together to ensure that our students receive the very best education.

Visit the links on this page to find more information on a variety of subjects.

The TDSB is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities. As part of this review, the Board is also reviewing the Optional Attendance Policy (P013), which allows students to apply to schools other than their designated school by home address. We have held four public meetings on both Optional Attendance Policy (P013) and Secondary Program Review in November 2019 and you can review this presentation hereOn January 30, 2020, we will be hosting two virtual information sessions as our public consultations. The sessions will take place at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  A link to these sessions can be found on our Secondary Program Review page.