TLDSB reinstating the half-yearly system in February
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) has confirmed that its high schools will switch to a semester system in February.
In a press release sent on Thursday, December 9, the school board said these schools “will revert to a semester schedule of four lessons per day on February 7, 2022”.
The press release also explained the decision-making timeline.
“In the spring of 2021, the TLDSB consulted with our public health units and, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the Ministry of Education, began the 2021-2022 school year with a four-term calendar. On November 18, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that schools could revert to a regular semester system. When this announcement was made, TLDSB students had already completed one term and had just started term 2. Thus, the TLDSB was not in a position to consider moving to a semester system until February 2022. The final decision was taken taking into account many factors. , including feedback from students and staff.
In a term system, students studied two subjects per day. The idea of starting the year in semester was presented to the trustees in June. At the time, the director of education, Wes Hahn, explained why the board decided to go with the term system.
“[In the previous school year] there was a very strong cohort message from the ministry [of Education], that’s why we landed in the Octomaster. You couldn’t have, I think, more than 50 to 100 contacts a day. Boards [which] moved into a term in September had to do a week in a row, a week off, which we weren’t really big fans of here. But this year, the cohort has been relaxed from a public health and ministry perspective.[s], and we were allowed to move into a semester [which] allowed two topics per day, ”he said at the June meeting.
In a meeting at the end of November, Principal Hahn said the board was “very thorough,” getting as much feedback as possible before deciding to put schools back to a semester schedule.