Province Prepares For The Safe Reopening Of Schools
Today, the province released its safety plan for the resumption of classes for the 2020-21 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers, and staff can safely return to classrooms in September. The plan also provides choice to parents, enhanced online learning, and additional funding.
Premier Ford says "This plan takes the best medical advice available from our public heath experts to ensure every school board and every school is ready to ensure students continue learning in the safest way possible."
The plan to reopen schools will provide options for parents - to send their children in-class or to enter online learning.
School Boards will have the choice to have students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations or have a Modified school day routine - Based on public health advice. Under this model, school boards are asked to maintain a limit of 15 students in a typical classroom at one time and adopt timetabling that would allow for students to remain in contact only with their classmates and a single teacher.
Should parents choose not to send their child back to school, school boards need to be prepared to offer remote education.
The government is instructing school boards to be prepared with a plan, should it be required, that includes an adapted delivery model, which could include alternate day or alternate week attendance, staggered bell times and recess, and different transportation arrangements, among a variety of other considerations to ensure the safety of students and staff.