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Thames Valley board considers offering French immersion online, wants parental input

The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) aims to determine if there's interest in offering French immersion in full remote learning next September. 

Parents have until May 13 to submit their requests

The TVDSB's French immersion program has not yet been offered as an option for full remote learning due to staffing concerns and low enrolment, the board said. (Colin Butler/CBC)

The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) aims to determine if there's interest in offering French immersion in full remote learning next September. 

This comes a week after the board said it would only offer the program in person. 

"We listened to parents and guardians and the board wants to explore the feasibility of making French immersion available to full remote learners in the fall," Mark Fisher, the board's education director, said in a release Monday afternoon.  

The program has not yet been offered as an option for full remote learning due to staffing concerns and low enrolment, the board said.

"If there is enough interest, the board will do its best to offer French immersion as a full remote learning option for students based on expressions of interest and staffing availability," said Fisher.

Parents and guardians are being asked to indicate by May 13 which type of learning they're interested in putting their children in for the coming school year. 

Starting Tuesday, parents can access the Declaration of Learning Model form found on the TVDSB's parent portal site to indicate their desired learning type. Those who have already completed the form, but wish to change their requests, can revisit the portal. 

The TVDSB also suggests parents and guardians look at an online guide developed to ensure they pick that right fit. 

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