Ontario to announce back to school plans
We expect to hear the Ontario government’s back to school plans later today from Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
A technical briefing is also planned for this morning to explaining safety measures ahead of the school year.
The province had previously asked school boards to prepare for three possible models:
- In class classes with physical-distancing measures in place;
- Full-time learning from home; and
- A hybrid model encorporating both.
Today’s announcement comes just six weeks before the first bell, and it’s a week before the province’s school boards were asked to outline their plans for the upcoming school year.
Education Minister Lecce initially expressed a preference for the hybrid model, but more recently, he expressed a preference for full-time, in-class learning.
Government opposition critics, school boards and unions alike have said that if classes are to resume full time, the province will have to significantly increase spending on education so that staff and students can be kept safe from COVID-19.