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Toronto school boards plan to do remote learning Monday due to snowstorm

Toronto – Students in the Greater Toronto Area may need to wait another day before they can return to class.

A major snowstorm moving through the area Sunday evening threatens to delay the planned reopening of publicly funded schools in and around Toronto.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) advised their students Sunday evening to prepare for online classes if heavy snow causes schools to close and school buses to be cancelled.

“While we shared last month that if buses were to be cancelled, it would be a typical ‘snow day’ (no live education), as the entire system has already been learning remotely for nearly two weeks and due to disruptions to student learning,” TDSB said in a posted letter. On their website: “We feel it would be best to extend distance learning for an extra day in kindergarten to 12th grade.”

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) also confirmed Sunday that students will have to participate in classes virtually if in-person learning is canceled due to the storm.

“While we had shared TCDSB’s inclement weather protocol last month, given the unique circumstances with school staff and students already learning/working remotely for the past two weeks, we felt it would be best to continue remote learning for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 for an additional day. One, to avoid any additional learning disruption,” TCDSB said.

Environment Canada initially issued a snowfall warning for the Toronto region earlier on Sunday, but raised its warning to a winter storm warning late this evening.

And the federal agency warned that the region could see snowfall of between 25 and 35 centimeters by Monday evening.

“Snow, at times thick, with peak snowfall rates of 3 to 5 cm per hour possible Monday morning, will significantly reduce visibility,” Environment Canada said.

“It is also possible that local snow will blow Monday afternoon and evening with gusty northwesterly winds.”

The snow is expected to clear up on Monday night.

TDSB and TCDSB said they will notify parents and students about school closures or bus cancellations at 6 a.m.

Here’s what other GTA school boards are planning for Monday’s Blizzard:

Peel District School Board

Dufferin Bell Catholic District School Board

York District School Board

York Catholic District School Board

Durham County School Board

Durham Catholic County School Board

Halton District School Board

Halton Catholic District School Board

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