“I don’t think anyone should send their children away”: Ontario teachers worried about back to school

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Groups: When physical distancing is not possible, students should be organized into cohorts of no more than 75 and minimize contact with others. In these cases, there should be at least one meter between their desks.

Physical distance: The province says students should maintain a distance of two meters whenever possible. When this is not possible, physical barriers may be an option. Spaces should be designed to encourage separation.

Masks: Masks are not mandatory for students or staff.

Transport: Buses will run at reduced capacity and parents will be asked to transport their children to school if they can.

New routines: Lunch and recess should be staggered to minimize congestion, and in many cases teachers will change classes instead of students.

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Ontario students will be back in class in September, but their schedules and class sizes may vary depending on where they live.

Back to class: Primary school students and many schoolchildren will be in school five days a week in standard size classes. However, high school students in two dozen higher-risk school boards will only attend class half the time and spend the rest of the week working on “independent work related to the curriculum.” Parents will also have the option of keeping their children out of the classroom, and school boards are to provide distance learning options.

Groups: To top schoolchildren in high-risk districts, class sizes will be capped at 15. During this time, elementary students will not be divided into smaller groups, but will be grouped into cohorts and their exposure to different teachers will be limited.

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