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TDSB delays start date for majority of secondary school students

Last Updated Sep 10, 2020 at 5:39 am EDT

An empty classroom is pictured at McGee Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Toronto District School Board says it has postponed the back-to-school start date for most high school students to Thursday, September 17.

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Students attending Special Education Congregated Sites, as well as other support programs, will begin on Tuesday, September 15.

“Given the complexities of the staffing and timetable process, we have adjusted the start dates of secondary school, in-person and virtual,” the school board said in a statement.

The board says if there are further changes to start dates schools will contact families directly.

The Toronto District School Board says it is the largest in Canada serving 247,000 students in 583 schools.

Toronto District School Board trustee Shelley Laskin said on Twitter the health screening process has also changed leading up to the return to class.

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As for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, classes for all students are still expected to begin on Monday, September 14.