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Toronto high school students return Thursday, health screening app not working

Last Updated Sep 17, 2020 at 1:48 pm EDT

People walk with masks by posters welcoming students back to school in Kingston, Ontario on Tuesday, Sept 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

The pushed-back start date for secondary students at Canada’s largest school board has come.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will be welcoming students back on Thursday after they voted to delay the start of class for secondary schools by two days due to staffing and timetable issues last week.

Students and staff are all required to complete required health screening self-assessment before going to school.

The TDSB reported technical issues with the app developed for the health screening just prior to the start of school on Thursday and students were asked to use the “paper pass” to verify they had completed the questionnaire.

At William Lyon Mackenzie High School in North York, there was a long wait for students lined up for symptom screening.

The start comes after a secondary school in Pembroke had to be closed after three cases of COVID-19 were detected.

Students attending special education sites and students in the developmentally delayed programs returned on the original start day, back on Tuesday.

Elementary students in Toronto returned to classes on Tuesday as well.

Due to the demand for virtual learning for both elementary and secondary students, school won’t begin until Monday for elementary students and Tuesday for high school.

The TDSB has said it no longer needs additional classroom spaces for elementary schools because many parents have opted out of in-person learning.