Durham District School Board asks parents to decide on virtual learning

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The Durham District School Board is asking parents to choose what type of learning they want for their children. But parents only have less than two weeks to make a decision — a choice that parents like TJ Taylor aren’t taking lightly.

“We’re just going off the seat of our pants at this point,” says Taylor.

The Pickering mom has two kids at Durham schools and one child going into kindergarten next year. She says with the uncertainty over the past year, her kids have flip-flopped at least four times. And now with the stay-at-home order, they still don’t know what’s happening with the rest of the year.

“Are they going back into school? Or are they staying online?” she says.

“I’m really stuck in a place where I really don’t know how to make a decision for September.”

The Durham District School Board is asking parents to choose what type of learning they want for their children. But parents only have less than two weeks to make a decision — a choice that parents like TJ Taylor aren’t taking lightly.

“We’re just going off the seat of our pants at this point,” says Taylor.

The Pickering mom has two kids at Durham schools and one child going into kindergarten next year. She says with the uncertainty over the past year, her kids have flip-flopped at least four times. And now with the stay-at-home order, they still don’t know what’s happening with the rest of the year.

“Are they going back into school? Or are they staying online?” she says.

“I’m really stuck in a place where I really don’t know how to make a decision for September.”

Markovski says after the unpredictable schedules and flipping back and forth over the past year, the earlier the board knows numbers, the easier it is for it to organize the education plan.

“Knowing that we have limited resources and the need to allocate them here, there appears to be the most demand.”

Stacy Oulette has two kids in the program and says she has no issue with picking something right now.

“I’d be fine with it. No problems. I didn’t agree with (my daughter) coming to online learning after school break.”