Premier Seeks Input on Reopening of Schools
Premier Doug Ford has issued an open letter to educators, scientists, doctors, and unions as to whether the province can safely reopen schools for in-person learning.
In the letter, Ford poses seven questions. The questions are:
- Is the reopening of schools for in-person learning safe for students?
- Is the reopening of schools for in-person learning safe for teachers and all education staff?
- There are a growing number of cases in Ontario of the variant first identified in India (B.1.617). Does this mutation pose an increased risk to students and education workers?
- The modelling from the Ontario Science Table has suggested that reopening schools will lead to an increase in cases in the province of Ontario, is this acceptable and safe?
- Other countries are warning mutations including the B.1.617 variant are putting children at much greater risk and is shutting schools down. Is this concern not shared by medical experts in Ontario?
- Should teachers be fully vaccinated before resuming in-class lessons and if not, is one dose sufficient?
- Under Ontario’s reopening plan, indoor gatherings won’t commence until July. Should indoor school instruction resume before then?
This comes after calls from Dr. Charles Gardiner to reopen schools, citing a sufficient drop in case count rates.
Ford expects to gather answers by 5:00 p.m. on Friday before a decision can be reached. Premier Ford's full letter can be found here.