Some Ontario parents, teachers balk at ‘underfunded’ back-to-school plan

Some Ontario parents, teachers balk at ‘underfunded’ back-to-school plan

Some Ontario parents, teachers balk at ‘underfunded’ back-to-school plan

"It'll allow them to have a little more structure".

The plan is to include how to quickly distribute tablets or laptops to students needing them and an established digital platform to continue courses and maintain communication. "That's a gamble I don't think we should be willing to take". "They're pretty excited to get back to their peers and teachers".

In addition to increased sanitation protocols, parents will have the final say to allow their children to attend in-person class or to opt for remote learning.

"To prepare our schools to be as best and responsive as possible, we will be contacting families in the days ahead to get an idea of parent intentions", said Monteith. Is everything going to stop or is it going to go back to square one?

Medical masks will be provided for teachers and staff.

"No, they're not going". "The parents need them, the province needs them".

A news release says education bodies are taking a flexible approach in their planning to account for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall.

"I'm scared to send my daughter".

Locally, the Conseil des ecoles catholiques du Centre-Est is considered one of the 24 boards throughout the province considered high risk and will therefore have a cap of 15 students per classroom and use alternate school schedules.

The smaller cohort sizes for high schools is because the health expert evidence suggests that the risk is greater with high school students.

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"It's unknown even for us (Guy and Faye Pelletier both provincial government employees) when we'll be returning to our workplaces".

Sarlo said she anticipates a survey to be distributed to parents as well as a request to register students. Everybody will go back to a routine, including the teachers. Staff will be asked to review a similar questionnaire before going to work.

The province aims to have all elementary and high school students in classrooms by September 8.

"Child care and early years programs will operate with additional health and safety procedures in place upon fully reopening".

Ontario says all four school boards in Ottawa will offer an adapted model for secondary school students.

Class sizes set by the province for elementary schools will not be reduced.

Lecce initially expressed a preference for the hybrid model, which would see no more than 15 students in class attending on alternating days or weeks.

- $10 million for mental health supports.

All school boards will adopt timetabling methods that emphasize cohorting of students as much as possible, to limit the number of direct and indirect student-to-student contacts.

According to an implementation guide being sent to school boards, timetables should be created to limit direct and indirect contact for a student to 100 other students in the school over a one-to-two week period.

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Like the ADSB, the H-SCDSB is a non-designated board, which means St. Mary's College will be open to all secondary students every day.

Roy doesn't see how the back-to-school plan matches up with current public health restrictions.

"I think if we look at this in its entirety, I think by and large most of it is really good".

Students, it's time to pack your bags.

While they're at school, students from Grade 4 onward will be required to wear a non-medical mask, unless there is a valid medical reason not to.

The government is also making available $309 million in new funding, including $60 million for PPE, $80 million for extra staffing and $25 million for cleaning supplies.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Isaac Bogoch said while the province's plan is not "perfect", it appears to be a safe one.

You can't have gatherings of more than 10 people but, I guess now schools are exempt?

The budget also includes nearly $24 million for lab testing capacity and $10 million each for health and safety training, additional mental health supports, and additional supports for students with special needs.

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