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Support for Students & Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19

For students who are recent graduates or who are eligible to graduate this year (that could mean, it's possible they are in Grade 11 or 12 and in some cases 10) and who are unable to find full-time employment or are unable to work due to COVID-19, the government proposes to introduce the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). The CESB would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.

The CESB will be delivered by CRA and more details will be communicated soon. The application and final details are NOT yet available.
A short YouTube video explaining the details known so far can be found here: CESB - More Details - Now up to $2,000/month - High School Grad Eligibility - Canada

In addition, the government of Canada is introducing the Canada Student Service Grant

While the COVID-19 pandemic will limit employment opportunities for students, it presents an opportunity for students and youth to mobilize and take part in "national service activities" that can provide valuable labour market and skills development experiences, while giving back to their local communities.

To encourage students to participate in the COVID-19 response, the government will launch a new national service initiative to recognize students' significant contributions to the COVID-19 efforts, and provide support through a new Canada Student Service Grant which will provide up to $5,000 to support student's post-secondary education costs in the fall.

More details will be made available on the I Want to Help platform over the coming weeks, including more detailed information about eligibility, the levels of funding available under the grant, how to apply for a national service position, and how applications will be assessed.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/support-for-students-and-recent-graduates-impacted-by-covid-19.html

Skylark Youth Services

Skylark Youth Services is available if you or someone you know is in need of community support, this service is available and should be added to the list of services we sent out on April 27th

COVID-19 Programs & Services Update - Skylark Children, Youth & Families

Mental health care for children, youth and family is even more relevant now in these unprecedented times.In continuing to provide our counselling services, we have moved to a phone 'walk-in' service, and face-to-face online sessions. So, even though our clinics are physically closed, there is sill a place for children, youth and families as they ...

If you have any questions or concerns about the well-being of our students and/or their achievement, please do not hesitate to contact the teachers, guidance counsellors or the administration.

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May 8, 2020 Updates

This information is directed at all students, from Grades 9-12 and their families.

Firstly, please know that we have begun to track the participation of students in remote learning. While we do not have a mechanism to monitor attendance, it is our duty to track, monitor and intervene where we can to ensure student success and well-being. For that reason, parents and students may receive phone calls and/or emails from teachers, guidance counsellors or the Vice Principals. Like at school, our office staff play a role in our work and you may receive an update from them on behalf of a teacher or VP. If you have any questions, please feel free to check with the classroom teacher, guidance counsellor and Mr Barkas or Ms Greenfield. The message will be sent "On behalf of ....." so that you are aware of the staff member who is doing the wellness or achievement check-ins.

For many students, participation is good and remote learning is facilitating the continuation of learning. For a few students, participation is starting to become inconsistent and we are doing our best to engage students' in their learning. Therefore, outreach will be ongoing throughout this time as we endeavor to maintain connections with all of you.

We understand that some students and families are experiencing unique difficulties during this period. If that is the case, please reach out to a teacher or other staff member. We are here to stay connected with you during this emergency response.

Please be reminded of the Guiding Principles for Remote Learning:

1. Prioritize health and well-being

2. Focus on the continuation of learning

3. Maintain relationships and connection to one another

4. Engage all students, especially those who have been historically underserved and those who may not be able to participate

5. Build staff capacity to be effective in the remote learning space

For students, please find attached a Student's Guide During Covid 2020. This guide serves to help students navigate the world of remote learning with teachers. There is a Q&A which I think you will find helpful as we encourage active involvement and advocacy in your learning.

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Principal's Message - COVID-19 Update

At Malvern, we certainly understand that parents and students are very concerned about this interruption to student learning. Over the next seven days, as a school and as a Board, we are planning and preparing for Phase 2, which is April 6th and beyond.  The priority is, as a full system, that we provide equitable and accessible learning opportunities for all secondary students.  We are gathering information, assessing needs, and formulating plans to ensure success moving forward.

 The TDSB has been working, in this unprecedented situation, to resolve a number of challenges that lie in creating conditions where all students and teachers have access to devices and the internet, and working through ways to support our Special Education and English as a Second Language students.  We ask for your patience as we coordinate with all stakeholders to finalize how this support for students will be offered over the next while. We are committed to working through all aspects of this situation quickly and effectively under these very challenging circumstances. Once a plan is finalized, we will share it with staff, students and families.

 In the meantime, the Ministry of Education, through Phase 1 support for student learning, launched their Learn at Home website. The Board has also provided online resources to support the Ministry’s Phase 1 learning. The teachers at Malvern have received these resources and are able to answer any questions students may have.

 Please see below a link from Director Malloy sent out on Fri March 20.

It’s available on the public website for parents: 

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Media/News/ArtMID/2750/ArticleID/1436/Director%E2%80%99s-Update-on-the-Continuation-of-Learning-for-Students-Student-Graduation-and-Post-Secondary-Transition

 I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the importance of looking for our email blasts through School Messenger.  This is how you will receive information and updates. I will absolutely keep the community informed on an on-going basis as we continue this work moving forward.

 Thank you for your patience under these difficult circumstances.  Please continue to direct any questions to my attention, and while I may not be able to provide a response immediately, I will endeavour to answer your questions to the best of my ability. 

 Bernadette

UPDATE Grade 9 EQAO Math Test

The 2020 Grade 9 EQAO Math assessment is now on hold.  A system message will be issued by the TDSB and shared with the parent community as soon as possible.

TDSB French (Gr 9 - 12) Transportation Service Changes

Please click on More below to read the letter from TDSB regarding changes to French transportation services for grades 9 - 12 for next school year (2019 - 2020).

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Gr 12 Grads: Student accounts will be disabled after June

Attention Grads!

Your TDSB student account will be inactive at the end of this school year and, as such, you will no longer be able to access your email, H(ome) Drive and Google Drive.

Please copy and save all the files that you want to keep from those drives.

IT Services has a tool, Google Takeout, for saving work from your TDSB account to a personal Google account.
https://tdsb.service-now.com/sp?id=kb_article&sys_id=0d8f98c5db797bc04c5a755a8c961984



Password Manager Service

Students are asked to go to https://pmgr.tdsb.on.ca/PMuser to register for the Password Manager Service so that they can reset their own password should they forget it (... usually happens to one or two students over the holiday break).

Enter the student # for User Name and the characters displayed (not case-sensitive) and click on Ok.

You will then need to set up your Personal Questions and Answers profile that will allow you to reset your forgotten password and unlock your account in the future.  Please remember your answers!

 



Digital Learning Tools (DLT) Consent Form

Student privacy continues to be an area of focus for the TDSB and parents/guardians. This September all schools were asked to obtain parent/guardian consent for the use of our school’s Digital Learning Tools including G Suite for Education and Desire to Learn (BrightSpace). 

Students will be provided with this Digital Learning Tools Consent Form through their home form teachers.  We kindly ask that you review and ensure that the form is returned to the home form teacher by Monday, November 19th

Students who do not have parental permission will not have access to their student Gmail accounts and various tools used in classrooms, and we will need to make other arrangements for some classroom activities.

It is anticipated some parents may have questions about this consent and the digital learning tools referenced. A web page, bit.ly/TDSBDLT, has been created to provide parents with additional information. If you have questions about signing the consent form, please contact Principal Bernadette Shaw.



 

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