Guelph high schools among those allowed to reopen under full attendance model

Guelph high schools among those allowed to reopen under full attendance model

Guelph high schools among those allowed to reopen under full attendance model

After months of uncertainty for parents, children, and educators, the Ontario government has released its plan for the return of students to schools in September.

In addition to the plan for schools, the province is also announcing details about their plan to reopen licensed child care centres at full capacity.

Teachers and children from grades 4-12 will be required to wear masks while in the classroom.

It said enhanced health and safety protocols would be in place and boards would be expected to provide the full range of elementary curriculum.

In the meantime, what's happening at the elementary level will be uniform across the province.

Students, it's time to pack your bags.

However, the choice of whether to enroll their children for in-school learning will be up to parents.

"I think the parents need to contact the premier and the minister of education and say, 'This is not acceptable, '" he says. "Online is not everyone's learning style and when you're applying to colleges and universities, you need the best chance you can get".

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

"Parents across Ontario have been waiting anxiously for a plan to reopen schools safely - today they got one written on the back of a napkin", Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said in a statement.

The Ministry official added that bus windows will be kept open "when feasible to increase ventilation".

"On the flip side, I'm a little nervous", Cote added. "That's very hard to wear a mask".

While most of the area's students will be back in class full-time, some may be required to take part in the hybrid model, which includes a mix of at-home and in-class learning.

She said that's better than nothing, as his mental health has faltered in lockdown. "I really am; especially with the numbers that we have in Windsor-Essex", she says. They need to go back and see their friends.

Thursday's announcement on what the provincial plan for back-to-school on September 8 looks like included many precautions. "The disappointment actually comes from the additional info that seems to be smoke and mirrors", Hare said.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 28 of the province's 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 17 reporting no new ones. "That's one nurse for every 10 schools".

Smaller class sizes allows for more physical distancing, which helps reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"Eastview has about 2,000 students, as does Innisdale".

In its news release, the Ontario government said it's providing more than $300 million in "targeted, immediate, and evidence-informed investments".

Hare also says she's been hearing concerns from others since the provincial plan was unveiled.

Sarlo said she anticipates a survey to be distributed to parents as well as a request to register students. "We are going to have those who don't want to return and we'll have to see what that looks like".

Both school boards in Waterloo Region are designated.

The NDP's Stiles said the fact that the plan doesn't address the needs of teachers and other staff who are immunocompromised, or for anyone who lives with someone who is more likely to fare poorly if they contract COVID-19, is "another glaring absence".

Sarlo said it is too early in the process for ADSB to determine whether its share of the additional funding is enough for the extra staff and sanitation processes needed.

Officials at the Simcoe County District School Board were not available for comment by publication time. On alternate days, online learning will take place.

The decision to designate a board for part-time classes was based on the size of the board, the number and size of schools, how many students were in each grade and whether the board was in an urban area. The board will be doing another survey soon.

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