Ontario schools won't be reopening before fall

Lula Sharp
June 2, 2021

Schools will continue to remain open for in-person learning for special education students who can not be accommodated through remote learning until the end of June. Classrooms in the province have been closed since mid-April due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

The comfort of a nice and refreshing meal either indoor or outdoor is still restricted until at least June 14.

On Monday, Ford said his government was reviewing responses to a letter sent last Thursday that solicited advice from a range of expert groups, including public health officials and teachers unions.

Gatherings larger than five people are allowed if all members are from the same household.

Most students have been doing teacher-led online learning, with schools only being open to in-person learning for special education students who can not be accommodated through remote learning.

"It's no secret that some of them said kids should be back in school on a regional basis", Ford said.

While it won't be illegal to go out for non-essential reasons, numerous measures enacted under Ontario's emergency brake will remain in place until June 14th.

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Ford said he is unwilling to take the risk of potential outbreaks of COVID-19 and its variants as a result of opening schools and is keeping all publically funded and private schools closed until September.

Ontario's reopening plan was revealed on May 20 when it announced that certain outdoor and recreational amenities would be allowed to resume.

Schools will be allowed to invite graduating students in elementary schools (by class) and secondary schools (by homeroom/quadmestered class) to return to school in June for short, outdoor celebrations with physical distancing. "Youth aged 12 and over are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine", said the government.

"We can't force anyone to get a vaccination. He didn't vaccinate teachers and education workers early enough or quickly enough".

These measures will ensure that all Ontarians aged 12 and older who want to will be fully vaccinated by the end of summer, including students and educational staff. Ontario students deserve this positive conclusion to their academic journey, safely.

There are roughly three weeks left in the current school year.

However, while a return to in-person learning is off the table for this year, schools will be permitted to organize outdoor social events for students, including graduation ceremonies, this summer. Before and after school programs will remain closed and will continue to not charge parent fees, which is prohibited during the remote learning period.

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