UCDSB Chair provides update on remote learning for Lanark County Council
At Wednesday’s community services committee meeting of Lanark County Council, Upper Canada District School Board chair John McAllister made a presentation on the Ontario government’s plans to make remote learning a permanent option.
McAllister expressed his board’s concerns that the move to make remote learning a permanent option would put smaller rural schools at risk of closing if enough parents chose to keep their children at home.
Last fall when parents were given the choice in his board’s system between in-class and at-home learning, 20% opted to keep their children out of the classroom.
He added that the proposed changes were being considered without any wide‐spread public and partner consultation.
His ask of county council was to add their voice to other municipalities across the province to urge Queen’s Park to consider small school sustainability in their deliberations.
The committee approved drafting a resolution in support of the board’s position which will go to a full council meeting for debate and decision.