Ont. Education Minister announces school boards can stagger re-openings in September
Ontario schools will be allowed to stagger their reopening in September.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says they are allowing the boards to conduct a staggered start during the first week of school.
Yesterday, Lecce announced $500M for boards to physically distance students, improve air quality in schools, and introduce live at-home learning.
Lecce did not mention elementary class sizes, which have been a major concern for some teachers' unions.
Leader of Ontario's NDP Andrea Horwath commenting on the staggering start announcement:
“Staggering arrival days means the Ford government needs to step up with child care and paid-leave options for parents urgently,” said Horwath. “And, ultimately, sending kids back into crowded classes with no way to physically distance is no more acceptable on Friday than it is on Monday. Time is quickly running out. If I were premier, I’d be hustling to hire thousands of teachers and education workers and helping school boards and municipalities to line up temporary classrooms so that students can physically distance when they go back-to-school.”