With approximately five weeks to go until schools reopen in Ontario, the provincial government has outlined COVID-19 guidance for all schools in an effort to restore in-person classes at all boards.
At the elementary school level (Grade 8 and below), students will be cohorted for the full day and, when possible, with one teacher. Cohorts can mix outside so long as there is distancing and students can use common spaces like libraries, so long as existing public health guidance is followed.
At the secondary school level, administrators were told to keep timetables to no more than two courses at a time to “preserve the option of reverting to more restrictive measures.” School staff were encouraged to prioritize prerequisite courses needed for post-secondary institutions. It also said some boards can rotate four subjects over two weeks (two subjects a week).
When it comes to remote learning, schools will be required to provide students with 300 minutes of learning opportunities for those parents who don’t want to send their children back to school. Staff were also urged to “be prepared for a potential closure” and should be prepared to pivot.
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