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Majority of UCDSB Students Confirm Enrolment with 80% Choosing In-Person Learning
Posted on 08/24/2020
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The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Confirmation of Enrolment form – which was digitally circulated to parents and guardians on August 14 and was open until August 20 – received an 85% response rate, based on UCDSB projected enrolments for the 2020-2021 school year.

The survey results found that 80 per cent of families with children attending UCDSB elementary and secondary schools are continuing with the regular day-school option that features full-day classes from Monday to Friday. There will be enhanced health and hygiene practices developed in conjunction with the local public health units to support the safe reopening of our schools. 

The remaining 20 per cent of UCDSB families who responded to the survey selected remote learning for their children.

The UCDSB received confirmation of enrolment for approximately 22,500 students. The specific results of the survey regarding how UCDSB families are choosing to proceed with school in September is as follows:

  • 18,054 students (80 per cent) are confirmed for in-person attendance at their local school;
  • 4452 students (20 per cent) are confirmed for remote learning;
  • 3184 elementary students are choosing remote learning for the start of the new school year; and
  • 1268 students Grade 9 to Grade 12 have chosen remote learning.

This is a significant shift from a preliminary survey completed by 5,000 families in July. That survey saw just 6 per cent of respondents indicating that remote learning would be their program delivery model of choice.

“It is critical to our planning that we know how our students will be joining us for the upcoming school year, and we want to thank everyone who filled out the form. We know that this wasn’t an easy decision for parents, as there are many factors to consider. We all want what is best for students right now and only our families can decide that,” says Stephen Sliwa, Director of Education. “Although this school year will look very different, what hasn’t changed is our dedication to our students. Our immediate priorities are to ensure that our school staff and facilities are ready for the safe return of students. We are devoting additional attention to the increased numbers of students who have selected remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year to ensure that we have the necessary staffing in place. Both of these priorities require time and care so that we can effectively open our schools safely and with quality programming.”

For families that did not fill out the form, those students will be automatically put into in-person learning at their local school. For those that didn’t fill out the form and in-person learning is not the preferred method, parents/guardians need to contact the local school the week of August 24.

For those who filled out the form but want to change their response, they too need to contact their local school the week of August 24.

The UCDSB will continue to post more information on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website and is working on an update to the Return to School Guide as new direction from the Ministry of Education and more information from our local public health units has become available since the first publication on August 14.

For media inquiries, please contact:

April Scott-Clarke
Manager of Communications
communications@ucdsb.on.ca

 

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