Remote Learning to Continue in Newmarket-Aurora for the Remainder of School YearPublished on June 02, 2021
Today, Christine Elliott, along with Premier Ford and Minister Lecce, announced that the government has made the difficult decision to continue with remote learning for all elementary and secondary students across the province for the remainder of this school year to best protect Ontario families from the fast growing B.1.617.2 variant, and to allow for higher rates of vaccination of students, staff, and families. This will allow the province to continue its focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safe summer and return to in-person learning in September for the 2021-22 school year. It will also ensure that organized sports, clubs, and camps can proceed.
The health and safety of Ontario students, staff, educators and families remains the top priority of this government. An increase in community cases and the spread of variants — notably the variant first identified in India that is fast growing in Ontario — would threaten Ontarians’ hard-fought progress in beating the third wave and could delay the safe return to many summer activities for kids, that support children’s physical and mental wellbeing.
The government is supporting students through this time with historic investments in mental health, special education and reading and math recovery, to respond to this generational challenge. These investments can help hire more than 1,000 additional mental health workers and allow children to have direct access to teacher-led math tutoring.
The government will allow school boards to invite graduating students in elementary schools (by class) and secondary schools (by homeroom/quadmestered class) to return to school in June for a short, outdoor celebration, where physical distancing is possible. Local medical officers of health will need to approve any graduation ceremonies in partnership with school boards.
Hope is on the horizon with widespread access to vaccines, including for all education and childcare workers, and youth aged 12-17, ahead of September. As we look ahead to the next school year with the hope of gradually returning to normalcy — with extra curriculars and physical education — we will continue to do everything necessary to keep students, staff, and families safe.
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