Remote Learning Timetable
Test Kit Results – Danforth CTI and Greenwood SS
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,
We had great participation in our school-wide testing at both Danforth and Greenwood. I think that we were expecting to identify positive cases from the kits that were distributed (in fact, it was one of the purposes of the process), and I wanted to keep you informed as the information comes in.
So far, at Danforth, we have had 5 positive results among students, from our kit testing; they were all asymptomatic at the time of testing. We have informed all students, their families and the staff who will have to isolate as a result of this news.
So far, at Greenwood, we have had 1 student and 1 teacher test positive through the kit testing. Again, all students, their families and staff have been informed.
For both groups in the affected cohorts, letters from Toronto Public Health are being sent out this afternoon. These letters will provide further information, including dates of return to the school.
As I mentioned before, staff and students are required to wear masks while at school and to practice physical distancing, as well as proper hand hygiene — hand washing, sanitizer etc. While enhanced cleaning is conducted every day, we have made sure to conduct an enhanced cleaning in all affected areas of our school. TPH is monitoring the situation and, as always, will let us know if further precautions, actions or communications are required.
The health, safety and well-being of staff and students is our top priority. One of the most important things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, is for students and their families to screen themselves daily for any symptoms of COVID-19 using the TDSB Student Health Pass or the TDSB Health App.
Should you have any questions, please contact the school, visit the TDSB website or visit the TPH website for general information. For general questions, please call the TPH COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM, to speak with an agent. If you need immediate assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day at 1-866-797-0000.
I know that this can all feel a bit unsettling, but I wanted to remind everyone that as far as we know, the cases are not being transmitted at school; there is no link between any of the cases at either school. That said, this is a good reminder for all of us not to let our guard down and to remain vigilant in monitoring student (and our own) mask, social distancing and hand hygiene discipline. Thanks for that.
As the tests were coming in (and being sent to Michael Garron Hospital) all week, it is possible that we will identify other cases. I will keep you all apprised of any other information as it comes in.
COVID-19 Screening & Return To School Process
Entering the School
Students and Visitors to TDSB Sites must complete a Daily Health Screening.
To access the Daily Health Screening online app, click here: https://tdsb.service-now.com/tswp
For information on the Screening Process and to download resources such as the paper Health Pass, click here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Learning/Health-and-Safety/Daily-Health-Screening
Staying Home from School
If you, or anyone in your home is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you or anyone in your home has been identified as a close contact of someone with a confirmed case, please stay home.
To view the Toronto Public Health Decision Guide for Schools, click here: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9858-COVID-19-Decision-Guide-for-Schools.pdf
We encourage you to contact the school to document your absence and your teachers to arrange for support while you isolate.
Returning to School
Once you are clear to return (after completing a period of isolation, or receiving a negative test depending on the situation), please complete the Toronto Public Health Back to School Confirmation Form (there’s a version for adult students here) and bring it with you on your first day back.
Please bring the signed form to the office for our records.
As always, if you should have any questions, or need any help navigating this process, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school at 416-393-0744
Mr. Wires and Ms. Michael have organized a Virtual Parent Support Group for Parents and Guardians of students with special needs, facilitated with the support of Woodgreen Community Services.
Our recent survey of parents and students found that students with special needs and their parents were 2.5 times more likely to report feeling overwhelmed during this difficult time.
Through the support group, we hope to give parents and guardians an outlet to share, access supports, and make connections with other parents who understand what they are going through.
Our first meeting is on March 18, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please click on the link below:
UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL MACKINNON:
Here is a great opportunity to practice your English, participate in the Arts and get paid $150! Ms. Hurst shared this:
Do you want practice speaking English while meeting new people and practicing drama, photography, story-telling and presentations? The North York Arts Centre is running a program called “Second Act” which is free for newcomers between the ages of 13 and 17.
This special program will take place outside of school time and it is online. There is space for 12 students. Students who live in North York will be given priority. Apply before February 7th.
To apply, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure to mention that you are interested in the “Second Act” program and say that you are a newcomer student. You can also check out the website: www.northyorkarts.org
For more information: Julian Carvajal, Program Coordinator North York Arts 5040 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M2N 6R8 (416) 733-9388 ext 7067. Ms Hurst can answer questions or help you! email@example.com
Here is also a link so you can sign up directly: https://form.jotform.com/203505349327252
It sounds like a great opportunity!
I hope you are all having a good day,
Update from Principal MacKinnon
Contact Info for Danforth and Greenwood SS
I hope your start of this stage of online learning for everyone has been ok and mostly glitch free!
As the school offices are now closed, I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of how to contact staff, if there is a need.
You all have my contact info, through this email, if you need to reach me.
Mr. Bryan Wires (Students with last names that start with A – K) Bryan.Wires@tdsb.on.ca
Mr. Darren Gani (Students with last names that start with L – Z) Darren.Gani@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Tracey Reavell-Roy (Last names A – G) Tracey.Reavell-Roy@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Jessica Chan (Last names H – K) Jessica.Chan@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Alexis Martin (Last names L – M) Alexis.Martin@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Kim McFadden, ACL (Last names N – Z) Kim.McFadden@tdsb.on.ca
All Teachers can be located on our website, under Contact Us: https://www.danforthcti.com/
Mr. Alvin Ng Alvin.Ng@tdsb.on.ca
Mr. Dritan Bylykbashi (All Students) Dritan.Bylykbashi@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Melissa Hurst (All Students) Melissa.Hurst@tdsb.on.ca
All Teachers can be located on this document:
Ari Zokaieh Ari.Zokaieh@tdsb.on.ca
Thanks and hope you are all keeping well!
Greetings from Principal MacKinnon:
Happy New Year to all of you!
I hope that you have had a safe and enjoyable holiday.
As you know, as of Monday, January 4th, all students will be continuing their classes online. Students who were online through Virtual School or through our Local Virtual School will continue their studies as before the winter break. For students who were coming to school for their classes, they will now also be studying fully online. For those students, classes will begin at 9:00 am on Monday; it will be a Day 1. They will access their classes with the same codes used prior to the Break, unless they have heard otherwise from their teachers.
As you may recall, the school sent out a contingency schedule for online learning starting on January 4th. On the Friday before the winter break, the Board sent out another, different schedule for this synchronous (live) teaching time/independent learning time. After discussing these two options with VPs, Department Heads and seeking feedback from School/Student Council (DCTI), I have decided to continue with the schools’ plan. For both Danforth and Greenwood, classes will run from 9 – 11:30 am, with some part that may be dedicated to 1 on 1 work with the teacher/small group work. Students will continue their independent learning from 11:30-12:30 and then have their afternoon class as they did before the break – from 2 – 3:15 pm.
If there is a need to re-visit this model or if the online learning extends beyond the end of January, I will reach out again.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to write.
Again, best wishes for a positive start to 2021!
Parents/Guardians and families, please see the latest letter from the TDSB with regards to the latest announcement on the latest Province-Wide Shutdown by the Government of Ontario:
PLEASE CLICK HERE: Parent-Guardian Letter – December 21, 2020
Principal MacKinnon’s updates:
December 11, 2020: VSS Students/Textbooks/COVIDInfo/HollandBloorview
December 4, 2020: New COVID Screening/Learning Resources/Old School
November 27, 2020: Mental Health/Wolf Den/ Fitness/ Library/Resources
November 20, 2020:
November 13, 2020:
November 6, 2020:
November 2, 2020:
PHONE LINE / COMPUTER CONNECTIVITY INTERRUPTION
We are having a new firewall installed for our computer network at school and this means that the schools will not have any phone lines or computer connectivity from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Monday, November 2nd. If there is an emergency, please contact Principal MacKinnon directly at email address: Rob.MacKinnon@tdsb.on.ca or Vice Principal Bylykbashi @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,
I wanted to provide you with information about a case of COVID-19 that has been identified in a student at Danforth CTI. We continue to work closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) on this case, which last saw the student in the school on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. This student will not return to the school until cleared by TPH to do so. As a result of this case, students who were in this student’s classes (cohorts) have been informed and instructed to self-isolate. Our Vice-Principals have called all families to inform them directly and answer any questions students and their families may have.
As per our procedures, staff and students are required to wear masks while at school and to practice physical distancing, as well as proper hand hygiene—hand washing, sanitizer etc. While enhanced cleaning is conducted every day, we have made sure to conduct an enhanced cleaning in all affected areas of our school. TPH is monitoring the situation and, as always, will let us know if further precautions, actions or communications are required.
The health, safety and well-being of staff and students is our top priority. Should you have any questions, please contact me directly, visit the TDSB website or visit the TPH website for general information. For general questions, please call the TPH COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM, to speak with an agent. If you need immediate assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day at 1-866-797-0000.
As always, students, parents/guardians, please let me know if you have any questions.
October 16: STUDENT FEEDBACK/COLLEGE/TPH/DEVICES/VOLUNTEER
October 9: SHSM/UIEC/EGALE/COVID/TUTORS/211
September 30: YEARBOOK/LOCKERS/MENTAL HEALTH/GUIDANCE/DROP-OFF
September 28: Orange Shirt Day/Health and Communication
September 18: First Days, Sign In, Quad Dates, Tech
September 16: First Days of School, Signing In, Guidance, Student Info
September 11: First Day, Masks, Orientation, Sign-In, Mental Health
September 4: Schedules/Transitions/SpecEd
August 28: School Survey, MaST, Spec Ed
Supporting your Safe Return to School with Access Alliance
Attention Greenwood SS Families:
Access Alliance is hosting an information session TODAY to support newcomer youth and their parents getting back to school. This is part of a series we started last week to support parents of school age children, from elementary, middle and secondary schools. Join us!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Return to School Plans for September 2020 – Letter from Interim Director of Education, Carlene Jackson: