Managing Class Size – Why your child may be asked to change classes
Each year, our TDSB planning department works with schools to develop enrolment projections with drive the staffing allocation of each school. During the first weeks of school you may notice fluctuations and larger or smaller class sizes than anticipated. For example, in elementary schools where there is a primary class size cap of 20 students in Grades 1-3, (90% of all classes must be no more than 20 with an exemption of up to 10% of all classes up to 23 students system wide) changes in registration of just a few students can have an effect on how the school may need to realign and can result in many students having to change classes. For Full-Day Kindergartens, unlike primary classes, there is no cap on kindergarten size – funding for staffing is provided to the TDSB based on average class size of 26 across the district. Most of the FDKs in our Ward have over 30 children. Most of the schools in our ward are at or near capacity which compound classroom space issues.
Each September, elementary school Principals review the enrolment on a daily basis during the first two weeks and report the enrolment centrally at the end of the first week and again each day leading up to the official count date (September 18) with regard to potential piercing of Primary Class Size caps or having large grade 4-8 classes and Full Day Kindergarten classes (FDK). Principals consult with Parent Councils and School Staffing Committees with regard to student attendance and any possibilities that may require realignment and work with central staffing to make adjustments to the loading of classes so that they are compliant with the ministry requirements. In secondary, there may also be addition or reductions of new sections of subject classes.
On September 18 (count day), should realignment be necessary, Principals make any necessary final changes to meet parameters in consultation with their staff and Council and Superintendent. Classes are then realigned during the next week and students start working with their new teachers. It is important to note that realignment for some schools may mean significant change while for others; the changes may be minor or not required. Everyone works to minimize disruption to the extent possible. Please be patient
53 Division Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, September 9th at 7pm @NTCI
This Wednesday, 53 Division of the Toronto Police Service will be hosting a ‘Town Hall’ meeting in the auditorium at North Toronto Collegiate, starting at 7:00pm. (Located at 17 Broadway Ave, north Of Eglinton Ave, east off Yonge Street, just minutes from the subway). Special guest for this event will be Chief of Police, Mark Saunders. There are other scheduled speakers, concluding a Detective from the ‘Sex Crimes Unit’ who will speak on the current topic of ‘Human Trafficking’. I look forward to seeing you there.
Have a great first week!