At the latest TDSB meeting, the Toronto District School Board laid out various scenarios for reopening its schools. Returning elementary students to school five days a week could mean shorter days, the inability to deliver a full French curriculum and cost up to $250-million for additional staffing. The government is asking school boards to prepare in-class learning with public-health measures in place, full-time remote learning, and a hybrid model that would see 15 students alternate between in-class and remote education. In one scenario, elementary students could return to full-time classes but would lose 48 minutes of class time per day. Under this plan, the board would have to hire nearly 988 new teachers, which would cost them $98.5-million. The plans must be submitted to the province by Aug. 4.

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