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TDSB delays start of high school by two days, to next Thursday

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Provided by The Canadian Press

The Bemidji Area School District is ready to welcome students back to school for the first day this upcoming Monday, but they want to make it clear that parents need to screen their students' health every day before they enter a school building.

Distance learning for secondary students will still begin on September 11 as originally scheduled.

In a statement on their website, they say the delay is because of "complexities of the staffing and time table process".

For the Upper Grand District School Board staggered entry by alphabetical last name will start Thursday for elementary students while secondary students will start September 14 with a specialized schedule.

This week, TPS said it got four self-reported cases of COVID-19, 33 reports from students or staff they were potentially exposed, and district contact tracers looked into 27 cases where someone said they were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

Traditionally, school starts the day after Labour Day but this year is anything but traditional.

While some have opted for virtual schooling for health reasons, with about 30 per cent of students optng for at home learning, other teachers will be reassigned.

Earlier this week, the TDSB pushed back the start date for high school to Thursday.

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