Some parents, teachers balk at Ontario’s ‘underfunded’ back-to-school plan

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Doug Ford Stephen Lecce

TORONTO — Some parents and teachers are balking at Ontario’s newly released back-to-school plan, saying it doesn’t do enough to protect kids from the risk of COVID-19.

The Ontario Parent Action Network says that instead of getting kids back to school safely, the province has “abandoned” them.

And the four major teachers unions argue the plan jeopardizes the safety of staff and students alike, saying the return to school is “underfunded.”

The plan, announced yesterday by Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce, will see elementary students and many high schoolers return to school full-time in September.

But high school students at two dozen boards — including the Toronto District School Board — will only attend class half the time, with a maximum class size of 15.

Parents will also have the option to keep their kids out of class, and boards must provide options for remote learning.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 31, 2020.

The Canadian Press

6 COMMENTS

  1. The plan states that parents will have a choice to either send their children to school or do the online curriculum. That’s fine for those families living in urban centres who have access to reliable internet but they’re excluding the thousands upon thousands of families who live in areas that either have a poor internet connection or none at all. Essentially, those families have no choice but to physically send their children to school. Having no choice is not acceptable

  2. Definitely lots of cleaners and babysitters for distancing rules! Otherwise how can the teacher teach if they constantly telling children to distance and cleaning!

  3. Absolutely ludicrous as everyone is now travelling and will until September 7. We are not safe yet. Putting ourselves in jeopardy with a plan not in place in the schools.

  4. I’m a custodian for the public school board here.
    We need one extra cleaner in every school.
    There are about 5000 public schools in Ontario (elementary and secondary)
    The funding doesn’t even come close.

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