Important News

Thursday, September 16, 2021


Wednesday, September 8, 2021


Re: 2021-22 Student timetables


Dear Parents/Guardians/Students:

We apologize for the anxiety caused by the delay in timetable distribution.

Unfortunately, the TDSB has not been able to fully resolve this system-wide technical difficulty.

If the issue is resolved by 4pm today, timetables will be sent electronically. However, if the issue is not resolved, paper copies of the student timetable will be distributed on Sept. 9 when students arrive at school.

Starting at 8:30 am, grade 9 timetables will be distributed as follows:

Surname A-L Door 1 (main entrance)

Surname M-Z Door 14 (field entrance)

Starting at 9:30am, grades 10, 11 and 12 student timetables will be distributed as follows:

Grade 10 Door 14 (field entrance)

Grade 11 Door 1 (main entrance)

Grade 12 Door 6 (tennis court)

Students will complete the health screening at home prior to coming to school.

Students will show the QR code from the NOW Mobile App prior to entering the building.

Paper copies of the health form will be available at the doors for students who cannot access the NOW Mobile App.

Again, we apologize for this inconvenience, and look forward to having your children back at school.

The WTCS team

Wednesday, June 2, 2021


Dear Parents/Guardians,


We wanted to provide you with an important update on the status of in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. Today, the Government of Ontario announced https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000251/remote-learning-to-continue-across-ontario-for-the-remainder-of-school-year that all school boards in Ontario, including the TDSB, will not return to in-person learning for this school year. Students with special education needs who have complex medical and learning needs and are already receiving in-person supports, will continue to receive these supports.


While we know all families will react differently to this news depending on individual circumstances, this will also be difficult for many students and staff who will not be able to finish the year in-person as they may have hoped. At this point in time, we do not know what may be possible with regard to offering “short, outdoor graduation celebrations” as discussed during today’s government announcement. We have just learned this information today and are now awaiting further information from the province on parameters for outdoor gatherings, along with guidance from Toronto Public Health, prior to making any decision on these events. As soon as more information is available, we will provide another update.


In the days ahead, schools will provide additional information on how families can pick up any remaining personal belongings or drop off books, materials, etc. While you may begin returning TDSB devices to schools anytime after June 14 (some parents/guardians had requested to return devices early), all devices can be kept until the end of the school year or until September if they are required for summer school. Additional information about returning devices can be found here https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1650/Return-of-Borrowed-Student-Devices.


We know how difficult this school year has been for students, staff and their families — especially with switching between in-person and virtual learning as a result of rising COVID-19 cases — and we want to thank you for your understanding and support. These challenges have impacted all of us differently, but we remain committed to supporting TDSB families in any way we can as we approach the end of the school year and beyond.


Please contact your school directly with any questions.


Thank you.



Friday, May 28



COVID-19 vaccination opportunity for Western Tech Students and Families

Dear Students

A student and family friendly POP UP COVID-19 Vaccination with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will be offered at Parkdale Collegiate Institute for select schools. This vaccine has been approved by Health Canada for youth ages 12 and up.

Vaccination is a key to a safe and speedy return to in-person school. All youth will have a chance to discuss vaccination confidentially with a physician or nurse practitioner. All questions and concerns are important and welcome! There will be a 15-30 mins supervised observation period after vaccination for your wellness and safety. We encourage you to come and take advantage of this opportunity.

Priority will be given to students from the following schools:

Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Western Technical Institute, Humberside Collegiate and Ursula Franklin Academy

Details

Dates: Tuesday June 1st, 11am-9pm, Wednesday June 2nd 11am-9pm and Thursday June 3rd 11am-9pm

Eligibility: Families and students aged 12 years old or older on the date of vaccination are eligible.

Location: Parkdale Collegiate Institute, 209 Jameson Avenue Toronto.

Students may attend independently or with their families as appropriate.

Best regards,

Dr Suvendrini Lena MD FRCPC MPH

Medical Lead for Schools WCH

Angela Robertson

Executive Director Parkdale Queen West CHC

Michelle Joseph

Unison Community Health Services

Toronto Public Health COVID-19 vaccine information:

https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-about-the-vaccines/?accordion=covid-19-vaccines-children



Friday, May 7


Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grade 10 and Grade 10 Students:

We are writing to inform you about an incident of an antisemitic incident that occurred on Wednesday. During an online presentation, a swastika was posted on the screen. The presenter and staff immediately removed the image and addressed the matter with students. The incident was also reported to administration and we took immediate steps to investigate this act of antisemitism. On behalf of Western Tech CS, we acknowledge and regret the harm this incident caused to staff, students and members of our shared learning environment.

Since the start of the school year, teachers have been engaging in some meaningful class conversations about racism, bias, advocacy as well as the hurt that hateful words/acts can cause. Every person deserves to feel safe and respected.

We want to be clear that racism and all forms of discrimination, are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our school community or within the TDSB. Students who engage in acts of racism, hate or discrimination can face consequences.

While our investigation is still underway, we ask for your continued support at home. Please ensure that your child understand the roles and responsibilities set out in our school Code of Conduct and the Online Code of Conduct. Students should not be distributing classroom links or personal information to any other individuals including students in other classes. To learn more, visit the TDSB website: Protecting and Promoting Human Rights and Addressing Discrimination and Other Inequities.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Andy Vandyke,

Principal


Wednesday, May 5

Please see attached a letter from Interim Associate Director Curtis Ennis & Centrally Assigned Principal Karen Murray in regards to The Centre of Excellence for Black Students Achievement.

Click here.

Friday, April 30, 2021


Mental Health Week May 3rd to May 7th .

The link below provides interactive resources for parents, caregivers, and students. Please check it out.

wide variety of resources

On Wednesday, May 5th at school all afternoon classes will be attending Mental Health Presentations accompanied by their teachers beginning at 2:00p.m. and ending 3:00-3:15p.m. Teachers will provide students with the link to log on to the presentations.

At the beginning of the class teachers will take class attendance and inform students expected conduct during the presentation (see attached)

Student Conduct:

The School/Board code of conduct is applicable to all students participating during the presentation.

Students must maintain respectful behaviour towards the presenter and all participants throughout the presentation.

Students must not share the presentation link with any person in the school or outside the school.

Students must attend the presentation for its entire duration. Teacher permission required to leave the presentation in case student has to leave before the presentation ends.

During or after the presentation if a student requires mental/emotional support, student will reach out to teacher via email. Teacher will connect the student with a caring adult.

Message from WTCS Mental Health Team





Thursday, April 22, 2021

UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL VANDYKE

Good Day Community

Quad 4 will begin on Friday (April 23, 2021). We will continue in our Remote Teaching & Learning platform as directed by our School Board and Toronto Public Health.

Please find the school schedule that will be followed until further notice.

We again thank everyone for your understanding, dedication, support, and resiliency with this year’s learning design.




Tuesday, April 6, 2021


Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is a very important update about the status of in-person learning at the TDSB. Toronto Public Health (TPH), has just announced that all schools in Toronto, including those at the TDSB, will be closed to in-person learning as of Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and remain closed up to and including Sunday, April 18, 2021. This TPH order is being made under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For the remainder of this week, students and staff will move to remote learning and the April Break scheduled for next week will continue as normal. Please note that, unlike the closure in January and February, this applies to all TDSB students in all TDSB schools. School-aged children will not be permitted to attend daycares located inside TDSB schools during the closure, however, pre-school-aged children will continue to be permitted to attend.

While we recognize that you may still have a number of questions, please know that we will share additional information once we receive it. In the meantime, we wanted to ensure you received this initial information as soon as possible. We know that this TPH order will impact our families in a number of different ways but we will do all that we can to support students and staff through this period. Teachers will be connecting with families about next steps on remote learning in the days ahead.

Thank you.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dear Students and Parent/Guardians:

Some of you have asked questions and expressed concern regrading the status of student photos, especially for graduates. We are aware of how important this is to students and their families, as it is an important part of the conclusion to students’ high school life, especially in a year significantly disrupted by the pandemic.

Rest assured that we have a tentative schedule in place with a vendor for the end of March and early April, and protocols in place to protect the health of students and staff.

However, we remain under the direction of Toronto Public Health, and until we move into a lower level of lockdown (the tentative date is March 8, but it is, of course, contingent upon infection rates) schools are not allowed to have photographers in schools.

Our sincere hope is that we will be able to provide specifics soon regarding school photos.

WTCS Administrative Team

February 12, 2021

SPECIAL SCHEDULES FOR FEBRUARY 16 and 17

On Tuesday, February 16th and Wednesday, February 17th, Western Technical Commercial School will be following a special schedule.

Please note: On Tuesday, February 16th classes will start at 10:00am. Students will be admitted to the building starting at 9:45am. On Wednesday, February 17th, school will start at 10:00am. Students will be admitted to the building starting at 9:45am. On February 17th , the synchronous afternoon class will be dismissed at 2:35pm to accommodate a department meeting.


SPECIAL SCHEDULES


TUESDAY, February 16th, Day 1 Schedule

Course 1,Cohort A In Person Learning - 10:00-12:30

Course 1, Cohort B Asynchronous - 10:00-12:30

Course 2, Cohort A & B Live/Virtual Learning - 2:00-3:15


WEDNESDAY, February 17th, Day 2 Schedule

Course 1, Cohort B In Person Learning - 10:00-12:30

Course 1, Cohort A Asynchronous - 10:00-12:30

Course 2, Cohort A & B Live/Virtual Learning - 2:00-2:35 (early dismissal)

February 11, 2021

Good afternoon Parents/Guardians and Students,

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school when in-person learning resumes on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Further to the message from Toronto Public Health earlier this week, we want to remind you of a few important things we must continue to do to help keep our schools safe and healthy for both students and staff before we come together again.

New TPH Screening Tool for Students

One of the most important things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, is for students to screen themselves daily for any symptoms of COVID-19 and also follow the circumstances in which they should stay home. Toronto Public Health (TPH) has revised its screening tool for students, effective immediately. The update is that everyone in a household must now complete the updated COVID-19 screening daily. Both the TDSB Student Health Pass and the TDSB Health App have been updated with this change.

Testing for COVID-19

Toronto Public Health recommends staff, students and their household members who have even one mild symptom of COVID-19 get tested. TPH will continue to recommend asymptomatic testing in schools where necessary and will work with testing partners to coordinate testing in high-risk cohorts. We will provide updates on testing as it becomes available.

Continued Health and Safety Practices

Please remind your child of the continued importance of hand washing, physical distancing and mask wearing, which is required for all staff, visitors and students JK to Grade 12. Toronto Public Health offers guidance on the qualities of a good mask, which includes being made of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric and, if possible, a middle “filter” layer.

Please remember that parents and students are not to congregate in the school yard, and, outside of school, students should not gather with others, even with those in their cohort.

In our schools, we will continue to promote these strategies as well as continue with our enhanced cleaning practices including twice daily cleaning of high touch surfaces, increasing air flow and improving ventilation including through the use of HEPA filters (in all learning spaces without mechanical ventilation), and opening windows for short periods of time throughout the day to introduce fresh air in classrooms and schools.

Public Health Nurses will also continue to support schools with responding to COVID-19 and building healthy school communities.

Mental Health and Well-Being

These challenging times are not only hard on our physical health, but also our mental health and well-being. Please join us for a webinar with our TDSB mental health professionals tonight -- Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. -- to learn practical strategies for coping through COVID and have an opportunity to ask questions and learn with our TDSB community. We hope you’ll join us.

Thank you for your continued support and patience. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue to keep our schools safe so our students can focus on learning.

Jan. 27, 2021

CREDIT RESCUE

Quadmester 2 Credit Rescue Days will be on February 3rd and 4th according to the schedule below. On Credit Rescue days subject-specific teachers will provide on-line synchronous activities that will allow for students to demonstrate achievement of unmet overall expectations towards the goal of earning their credit. Credit Rescue opportunities will be made available to students on an individual basis.

February 3 - Credit Rescue, Day 1 course - 9:00-11:30 & 12:30-3:00

February 4 - Credit Rescue, Day 2 course - 9:00-11:30 & 12:30-3:00

REPORT CARDS

Quadmester 2 reports will be distributed electronically the week of February 15th.

QUADMESTER 3 TIMETABLES

IT Services will send student timetables via School Messenger beginning February 2, 2021.

TDSB Connects App

Students are also able to access their timetable using the TDSB Connects App. Quad 3 information will be available on February 1. The Connects app is available to all students on both iOS and Android platforms.

TEXTBOOK RETURN

Students can return their textbooks from Quadmesters 1 and/or 2 on February 3, 4 or 5th between the hours of 10:00-12:00; 1:00-2:00 daily. Students should use Door #14 (field entrance) to drop off their textbooks.


Jan. 17, 2021

Message from Trustee Pilkey:

Please find attached the announcement/flyer for the Ward 7 Forum on Equity that is being held on January 19, 2021. This ward Forum is open to anyone who is interested so I would ask that you circulate this information as widely as possible to your school communities. I have included a jpj which works well for posting in Facebook groups and school websites.

In order to get the Zoom link, people need to preregister and will have the opportunity to provide questions as part of the registration. The Zoom link will be shared on Tuesday to those who registered.

The presentation will made by jaime berrigan and Shayle Graham, TDSB K-12 Equity Coaches.

As well, please find the meeting agenda attached.

I am also attaching a report that came to the Program and School Services Committee last night - Update on Multi Year Strategic Plan Action plans - Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression, 2019-2020, including Centre for Excellence for Black Student Achievement as it provides quite a good overview on what the TDSB is doing to meet the MYSP as it relates to Equity, ABR and Anti Oppression.

Looking forward to seeing you! I think it will be a great session.

Regards,

Robin


2021 01 19 Ward 7 Virtual Forum Flyer - Equity.pdf

Jan. 12, 2021

Message from the TDSB:

Good Afternoon Parents/Guardians,

Today, the Government of Ontario announced new measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province. As part of today’s announcement, the government has said that all schools in Toronto will remain closed to students and staff until Wednesday, February 10. During the closure period, remote learning will continue, as will in-person supports for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning.

Our schools will continue to support all families to ensure that learning can continue as best as possible during the closure, although we recognize that everyone is trying their best to balance life, work, childcare, and remote learning, among other things right now. While we believe the continuation of learning is important, the mental health and well-being of our students is just as important. We would encourage parents/guardians to review these important resources that we have compiled that may help support your children during this challenging period.

We know the current situation is far from ideal for many of our families, but we will continue to support you as best we can during this time. Should you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your child’s school.


Nov. 13, 2020

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

November 17 - Last day for Quadmester 1

November 18 - CREDIT RESCUE DAYS (no formal in-person classes)

November 19 - CREDIT RESCUE DAYS (no formal in-person classes)

November 20 - PD DAY - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

November 23 - Quadmester 2 Begins. Monday, November 23rd will be a Day 1.

November 25 - Early Dismissal Schedule


CREDIT RESCUE DAYS

Students with credits at risk will be contacted by their teachers to provide credit rescue opportunities on these days. These opportunities are VIRTUAL only. Please connect with your teacher.

CREDIT RESCUE DAY SCHEDULE

November 18 - morning - Course 1 Cohort A - 9:00-11:30am

November 18 - afternoon - Course 1 Cohort B - 12:30-3:00pm

November 19 - morning - Course 2 Cohort A - 9:00-11:30am

November 19 - afternoon - Course 2 Cohort B - 12:30-3:00pm

QUADMESTER 2 TIMETABLES

Students can look up their quadmester 2 timetables through TDSB School Connects App. To download the App to your mobile device, go to either Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

If you don’t have access to TDSB School Connects App through a mobile device, student timetables can be picked up on either Nov. 18th or 19th at Door #14 (field entrance) between 10:00am-2:00pm.


October 13, 2020

COVID-19 Advisory: Please read this important letter.

October 8, 2020

Parent Teacher Interview information available here.

COVID-19 Information

Returning to School A Guide to the Safe Reopening of the TDSB
Resources for Preparing for Back to School
Response Plan for COVID-19 Cases
Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
Daily Checklist for Secondary Students
Safe Return to School Detailed Plan
Questions and Answers
Masks/Face Coverings Required

How to Hand Wash

How to Hand Rub

Putting on Mask and Eye Protection

How to Wear a Fabric Mask Safely

Putting on Gloves

Taking off Gloves