On Oct. 15, the board sent out a letter announcing that it will try to maintain the remote-only learning mode for some students in response to some pushback from some parents and guardians whose children are now enrolled in the remote-only mode.
"In this regard, we are going to maintain remote-only classrooms should there be enough interest", the letter reads, adding that students and their families should still expect some classes to be reorganized.
The change will delay when school reorganization will happen. Under the superintendent's tentative timeline, there would be a January return for elementary school students in third through sixth grade, students in secondary public day programs-special education (Burke School middle school students, Cedar Lane School and Quander Road School) and Davis & Pulley Center (students with target learner profiles).
The Board of Trustees is now monitoring "evolving health and logistical considerations related to transitioning to in-person hybrid instruction".
The deadline for the first opportunity for high school students with the TDSB to switch between online and in-class learning was yesterday, with the change slated to take effect November 23.
Thousands of elementary students at the TDSB just switched between online and in-class learning earlier this week, following a September 30 registration deadline, said spokesman Ryan Bird, forcing the province's largest school board to completely rearrange classes and reassign teachers.
In an email to staff Friday, the directors of the PDSB announced it had little choice but to switch to the hybrid model, because the portion of high school students who chose online learning jumped from 26.4 per cent to 44.6 per cent.
The board says that teachers will not be "live-streaming" lessons, as laptop cameras will be placed at the front of the classrooms directed at the teacher, who will also be equipped with a microphone to enhance audibility.
That meeting will "provide a review of health data and recommendations by the Southern Nevada Health District, as well as an opportunity for the Board and Superintendent to discuss community feedback and input that a safe transition plan must consider to ensure these needs are properly addressed", according to the letter.