Petition for a Better School Schedule during the Pandemic (Against Quadmester)

Petition for a Better School Schedule during the Pandemic (Against Quadmester)

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Genevieve Lee started this petition to The TDSB and

 The current plan for the 2020-2021 school schedule is to divide the school year into four quadmesters. This would mean the student body would take two interchanging subjects taught for 44 days, online and in person; and the corresponding exams at the end of the course. This schedule is very flawed. It fails to take into account the heavy course load that would ideally take a year to complete. It is irresponsible to take a years worth of work and concentrate it in 44 days.

This would be irrational because:

  • A book report takes twice the amount of time in which we are expected to fit a year's worth of course work in 2020-2021
  • Students usually take a month to study for exams alone, while we will be expected to learn all the course content as well as completing final assignments and writing our exams in that same time frame. (this will lead to drastic increases in class fail rates) 
  •   The thousands of grade nine & ten students with minimal exam experience will struggle immensely and consistently throughout the year due to the minimal exam experience.

In addition this plan excludes students in less fortunate financial situations because they may not be able to afford home internet or efficient transit that allows them to commute from in person schooling to online learning in the brief time frame of one hour. This will result in many absences and lates which will be detrimental to the learning and well being of the students.

Also, people in specialised programs (TOPS, MACS, Claude Watson, etc) will be unable to fully indulge in the program they signed up for. This is essentially the cancellation of the program for an entire year, which is a major setback for these students. 

In conclusion this schedule prohibits the success, mental health, school/personal life balance, and learning of all TDSB students.

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