Regular semesters will return to Ontario high schools

Students, parents have complained about "modified semesters"

Change is coming in the New Year at Ontario high schools.

The province announced on Thursday a shift back to regular semesters in February.

It’s been something school boards have been pushing for.

Currently, students are on “modified semesters,” which means students take four courses each term, alternating which two classes they had each week.

The switch might even happen sooner if there is support from local public health units.

The modified system has been a sore point for parents and students who have complained that sitting in three-hour classes can be draining, making it difficult to retain information. However, the system allows for easier cohorting.

High school students have not had anything close to normal when it comes to scheduling since March 2020 when COVID-19 protocols began.