Can someone in the Doug Ford government please provide a clear, concise explanation of why most Ontario schools remain closed and what it would take to reopen them?
It hardly seems necessary to say, but this is kind of a big deal for parents, students and people who work in education. Hundreds of thousands of Ontario parents have been forced to balance the demands of work and at-home learning. Students are losing big chunks of yet another school year, while teachers are struggling with an online learning plan that is ill-suited to young children.
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It’s really an unsustainable mess, and people are desperate to know when it will end. Or if not when, then at least what numbers it would take to get schools reopened. Right now, that’s a mystery.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Thursday that 280,000 students in four public health units can return to school February 1. Combined with earlier openings, that means about one-quarter of Ontario’s two-million students can now attend a real school.