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On Friday, 15% of all Toronto public school teachers and students were absent

On Friday, 15% of all teachers and students in Toronto public schools were absent

Key Takeaways:

  • According to information provided by school boards to the Ontario government, more than 15% of all staff and students in Toronto public schools were absent on Friday.
  • On Friday, the two TDSB elementary schools with more than 30% absences were Shoreham Public School and Walter Perry Junior Public School.

As per the data delivered by school boards to the Ontario govt, more than 15% of all staff, as well as students in Toronto public schools, were absent on Friday.

As per Ministry of Education information, 23 of the 385 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) schools that noted absence data for last Friday had absences of more than 30%, with all but two being high schools where students are preparing for or taking exams.

On Friday, Shoreham Public School and Walter Perry Junior Public School were the two TDSB elementary schools with more than 30% absences.

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The average absence rate among all TDSB schools that submitted data on Friday was 17%.

Only 105 of the 206 schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TDCSB) submitted absence information for Friday.

One high school, Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School, reported that 30% of its staff and students were absent, while all other schools had lower absentee rates.

On Friday, 25% of staff and students were absent at St. Joseph’s College School, while 23% were absent at St. Luigi Catholic School.

The average absence rate for all TCDSB schools that posted data for January 28 was 10%.

The average absence rate for all 492 Toronto schools that forwarded data for that day was 15.3 percent.

The figures appear to be down from last week when the TDSB reported an average absence frequency of 22.88 % and the TCDSB reported a rate of 14.51 percent.

On Friday, 15% of all teachers and students in Toronto public schools were absent
On Friday, 15% of all teachers and students in Toronto public schools were absent. Image from The Star

There were 70 schools in Toronto with an absentee rate of more than 30%, including 17 schools with more than 40%.

The province has stated that parents will be notified directly once a school’s absentee rate exceeds 30% of its baseline attendance and that school closures will only be considered, not necessarily implemented, at that time.

While Toronto school boards will continue to notify impacted classes of any positive COVID-19 cases they become aware of; the province no longer requires that level of disclosure.

This tally does not include absent students due to travel or short-term remote learning.

Peel Region’s school boards reported an average absence of 13.6 %, Halton’s boards reported 6.5 %, York Region’s boards noted 10.4 percent of all staff and students absent on Friday, and Durham reported a 13.6 percent average absence rate.

Only 68 percent of the province’s 4,844 schools submitted attendance records for January 28.

Eight schools in Ontario were closed on Friday due to COVID-19-related operational issues.

Source: CTV News

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