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Interview with TVDSB Director of Education Mark Fisher

Director of Education Mark Fisher says TVDSB schools are ready for all possibilities during the second wave of COVID-19, while stating he thinks the safest place for kids is in class.

The Thames Valley District School Board is preparing for all possibilities during the second wave of COVID-19.

They are ready to move if things have to switch online. Director of Education Mark Fisher says he still thinks the best place for students is in the classroom.

"I agree with Premier Fords comments from yesterday that schools are the safest place for students to be right now. We did extensive preparations over the summer and we have only had 1 case of transmission in our schools, which is amazing since we have 160 sites and almost 70,000 students." 

Fisher says they are prepared for 3 models.

"We prepared for a fully conventional model, we prepared for a hybrid model which we are in right now and we also prepared for a fully remote model, so literally on a dime, we can shift from one model to another if there is a need in the future." 

Almost a 1,000 Elementary students have switched from face to face learning to online learning and Fisher says they will likely not have any more large scale transitioning of that type. 

"That came a little bit of a cost to our system in terms of the relationships between students and teachers and being slightly disruptive. So moving forward, we are unlikely to have anymore large scale transitioning of that type. We will obviously adjudicate on an individual basis, if their are individual circumstances where a student needs to move from face to face  to remote learning. In terms of moving from online to face to face learning, that is a little bit easier and we will continue to accommodate those requests as we move forward." 

You can listen to the full interview with Mark Fisher below. 

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