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Toronto District School Board Teachers

The Toronto District School Board teachers are a group of Elementary and Secondary teachers who work with the patients receiving medical care at SickKids to support their learning needs and goals. The teachers are employees of the Toronto District School Board.  Download a copy of the TDSB Teachers at SickKids Quick Facts (see right).

What do we do?

  • Provide education to patients at SickKids with funding provided by the Ministry of Education
  • Offer educational instruction to patients from grade JK-12
  • Provide education to students enrolled in a French school board
  • Teach one-to-one at the patient’s bedside for 30-60 minutes per day
  • Schedule bedside instruction around a child’s medical schedule
  • Teach in day-program school as part of a clinical program for patients
  • Teach the curriculum offered at patients home schools using similar books and resources, even if patient attends a school under a different school board
  • Provide a report card for patients who have been hospitalized at SickKids for most of the school term
  • Offer support to patients who have a short stay at SickKids to support the patient’s home school curriculum

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding statutory holidays and weekends
  • Teachers follow the calendar school year for teaching (September to June)
  • Elementary and Secondary teachers attend team meetings outside of SickKids on alternate Wednesday afternoons

Make a Referral

  • Hospital staff and parents can make a referral for a patient to attend school
  • The Educational Support for Students in Hospital Form is available by clicking on the link or can be picked up at the Family Centre 
  • Completed forms can be:
    • Given to the nurse on the unit where patient is staying  
    • Dropped into Dropbox labeled TDSB Forms outside Room M207, by the Family Centre
    • Call 416-813-5819 for assistance to complete forms, if required
  • Once a form is received at the Family Centre and a teacher has been identified, the teacher will contact the patient and family to arrange a date and times for instruction by teacher.

Other links

Epilepsy Classroom