Ontario Premier Doug Ford is voicing his extreme disappointment that some school boards in the province are passing on the opportunity to hold brief outdoor celebrations for students who have worked so hard this year during these unprecedented times.
Ford issued the following statement yesterday:
“We recognize the incredible toll the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Ontario’s students across the province. That’s why we are working on the necessary regulatory changes to allow school boards to invite students back for a brief, outdoor, end-of-year celebration to reward them for their hard work during an unprecedented school year.
With these changes being made, in consultation with Public Health, we are extremely disappointed to hear that some school boards are passing on the opportunity for their students to celebrate safely and in-person with their teachers and friends.
With weeks left to plan, there is no reason that in a year like no other, school boards can’t think outside the box and do all they can to safely give Ontario students the send- off they rightfully deserve.”
On background: As outlined in Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopening, in Step 1, weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies are permitted outdoors with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres. We are working on the necessary changes that will allow school boards to hold similar ceremonies.