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Students can move between in person and online class: TDSB

Last Updated Aug 27, 2020 at 6:38 pm EDT

Vacant desks are pictured at the front of an empty classroom. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada’s largest school board says elementary students will be able to opt-in or out of in-person classes at three points during the academic year.

The Toronto District School Board says parents can shift students on Oct. 13, Nov. 23 and Feb. 16, 2021.

They will need to apply to make the move with a deadline set approximately two weeks before each date.

The board says it’s not possible to switch immediately because of the impact that would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation.

The decision comes a day after the province introduced new guidance to help school boards prevent and manage COVID-19 outbreaks.

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