Classroom Reorganization Information

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

I hope that all is well with you and your family.

This communication is being sent to share an overview of our recent Classroom Reorganization at Samuel Hearne MS – please see below for full details:

A. Classroom Reorganization Overview:

  • Today, you may have received an email indicating a change of your Child’s Teacher and/or Class, due to our recent Classroom Reorganization:
    • These emails were sent only to Parents/Guardians of Students who will have a new teacher and/or class
    • Please see this email (if you have received one) as soon as possible
    • The Classroom Reorganization at our school is based on the following:
      • Every September, schools review the actual number of students in each class compared to the initial projected enrolment
      • Classes are then reorganized, as required
      • Please see below for a list our recently Reorganized Classes:

Classrooms

  • With more students enrolled in the Virtual School and fewer students attending in-person than projected, adjustments must be made to ensure that teachers are allocated where students are attending:
    • Due to these adjustments, we have had a reduction in our Teacher Allocation
    • Ms. McKee has been re-deployed to teach as a part of the TDSB Virtual School – we thank Ms. McKee for her dedication and ongoing support of Students and our School Community

B. Classroom Reorganization Details:

  • We do our best to plan for the new school year, but there are always factors, such as new or departing students, that affect how classrooms are organized
  • Typically, these adjustments are made approximately two weeks into the school year:
    • ​​​​​​​Because the start of the school year was delayed this September as a result of the pandemic – to September 15 – we are at that two-week point into the resumption of classes when we are ready to reorganize our classrooms
    • While this is a routine process that happens every school year, adjustments will be more significant this fall as a result of COVID-19, the creation of the Virtual School, students changing their preference for Virtual School or in-person instruction and the importance of keeping class sizes as low as possible for health and safety reasons
    • With more students enrolled in the Virtual School and fewer students attending in-person than projected, adjustments must be made to ensure that teachers are allocated where students are attending
    • While these changes will impact class sizes, please know that these adjustments will not exceed the TDSB’s original targeted class size limits so that health and safety standards relating to classroom size and social distancing can be maintained

C. Classroom Reorganization & Cohorts:

  • In addition, this reorganization requires the establishment of new cohorts (groups of students) within our school, including the addition of students who have recently switched from the Virtual School
  • We have consulted Toronto Public Health (TPH) about these changes and we are taking the following health and safety measures:
    • TDSB Student Information Services will keep track of the specific details (impacted students, impacted teachers, specific dates, etc.) of all cohort changes and provide this information to TPH to conduct efficient contact tracing, should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school
    • Enhanced cleaning will occur prior to the classroom changes taking place
    • We will also continue to ensure mask/face coverings, social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing and daily school and classroom cleaning

D. Asynchronous (Independent) Learning Activities:

  • As some of our families await TDSB Virtual School classes to begin online during the week of Tuesday, October 13, 2020, we would like to ensure that all Students receive access to TDSB Asynchronous (Independent) Learning Activities, which can be accessed at home each day by all Students
  • While Parents/Guardians can assist their child with these activities, they have been designed to build independence for Students
  • These learning experiences are connected to the Ontario curriculum, with a focus on Numeracy and Literacy
  • Please click/tap HERE/the image below for resources and learning activities organized by grade level that can be completed independently and at each child’s own pace:
  • image009Every Student in the TDSB Virtual School will be required to have a device – for those Students without access to a device, access will be arranged directly through Mr. Romano:
    • Please email Mr. Romano directly with Student Device Requests at: Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca
    • Please contact our School Main Office via telephone at (416) 396 6555 with any questions

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school at (416) 396 6555.

Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal