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TDSB announces further delays in hiring virtual elementary school teachers

Last Updated Sep 24, 2020 at 10:06 pm EDT

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The Toronto District School Board says hiring teachers for virtual elementary school classes is taking longer than expected.

In a letter to parents this evening, they apologized for the ongoing delays, saying “we understand that families are becoming increasingly frustrated as the days pass.”

“We simply cannot hire teachers fast enough to meet the demand for virtual learning,” they said, adding that other school boards across the province are having the same problems.

The letter stated that some students will have teachers as early as Friday morning and the rest of the classes will be up and running by “mid-to-late next week.”

As per the latest information available to the TDSB, around 400 teachers have been hired since the beginning of the week and less than 100 are yet to be hired. Those positions will likely be filled in the next few days.

Teachers are provided with two days of training before they begin teaching online — hence the delay into next week.

Parents were advised to continue checking the Brightspace learning platform as individual classes will not be emailed as they come online.