Guelph high schools among those allowed to reopen under full attendance model

Guelph high schools among those allowed to reopen under full attendance model

A statement from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board states the priority of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is the safety and well-being of students, families and staff, particularly as we prepare for the return to school in September.

"We are doing our best to be nimble in order to adjust to this dynamic situation and commit to providing updates as timely as possible", said Sean Monteith, Director of Education. This is on top of the $25 million in funding previously announced for mental health and technology supports.

As for the elementary level, Sarlo said "there will be some limitations on their contacts in the school so it won't just be business as usual and there will be some public health guidelines we're going to have to follow". "We're going to take all that information and we will be able to gauge where our families and staff are in terms of how they feel about the return to school".

The plan details an all in-person, all-remote or hybrid scheduling option, but León said that additional guidance specific to each school would be available when principals return in early August. HPEDSB always respects and honours that parent choice.

Windsor-Essex school staff, students and parents have a better picture of what back-to-school will look like this fall.

"We need to weigh the risk of COVID-19 against the harm of school closures", Premier Doug Ford said during Thursday's announcement.

"I am making the recommendation that we open the school year with remote instruction for all students with a plan to phase in students to in-person learning as soon as possible, starting with students with the highest needs", said Deiter. Students in kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged to wear them, but not required.

Sudbury's school boards - Rainbow District School Board, Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Public du Grand Nord and Conseil Catholique Nouvelon - have all been classified as non-designated. "We will be reaching out to our families within the next week to provide them with more detail and learn what their intentions are for the next school year", Burton Spohn wrote. The model includes class cohorts of approximately 15 students, with 50 per cent of classes online and 50 per cent of instructional days in-class. Lunches and recesses will be staggered and teachers will move across classrooms instead of students, to limit the number of people gathering in hallways and schoolyards.

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The figure also includes $30 million for teacher staffing to support supervision, control class sizes and other safety-related measures, and $50 million to hire up to 500 additional school-focused nurses in public health units to provide rapid-response support to schools and boards in facilitating public health and preventive measures, including screening, testing, tracing and mitigation strategies.

The students will have a hybrid-style education spending one day in the classroom and the other day learning online.

Secondary schools in "non-designated school boards" will be permitted to open with daily attendance as they typically have smaller numbers.

"We're not one of the designated boards that need to do cohorting for secondary, so students will be back in the classroom with a commitment to safety and well being with public health guidelines and protocols in place", said Jennifer Sarlo, ADSB chair.

Schools will be required to immediately report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As for busing, a ministry official says school boards will have students in assigned seats on the bus, with preference to having siblings placed together.

The buses will also be cleaned regularly, the government said.

The Ministry of Education will reopen all elementary schools for full-time, in-person learning, five days a week.

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