COVID-19: Growing number of cases prompts Etches to urge residents to ‘get back to basics’; province unveils back-to-school plan


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“This plan will evolve based on the evolution of COVID-19 and the risk for communities in the province.

Lecce also announced that licensed daycares will be allowed to open at full capacity from September 1. EarlyON Child and Family Centers will also be allowed to reopen “with standard ratios and maximum group size requirements”.

The decision to appoint a board for part-time high school classes was based on the size of the board, the size of the schools and whether the board is in an urban area.

In non-designated boards, secondary schools will open five days a week.

This includes the Upper Canada District School Board, the Renfrew Country District School Board, the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien.

“As SickKids has pointed out, we need to weigh the risks of COVID-19 against the harms of closing schools. We have to consider the negative consequences for the physical and mental health and personal development of our children, ”said Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

His government has consulted with provincial health officials, SickKids experts and local public health experts on the back-to-school plan, Ford said.

During the press conference, Ford was asked about educators who might not feel safe returning to work in person in September.

“They always have the right not to go to classrooms, but… I really would like most, if not all, to show up,” said Ford. “Because they’ve done an amazing job, (and) we really, really need them.


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