The province has announced all schools in Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) will open up for full-time instruction in September.

The province unveiled the plan July 30, which will have most schools open with in-person delivery for the normal five-day-a-week schedule. The province is supporting this with $309 million in funding to be used for masks, cleaning supplies, 500 public health nurses, additional teaching positions and school custodians. Masks will also be mandatory for students in Grade 4-12 indoors and encouraged for the younger grades.

“It’s been hard on families to balance work and child care, while kids have been separated from friends and other kids their own age. We want to get our kids back to school, but it has to be done safely,” Premier Doug Ford said.

All elementary schools across the province are set to open. But some districts will have secondary schools use an adapted model, with a mixture of in-person and online learning in smaller classes. The province designated 24 school boards for that, but TLDSB was not one of them.

The plan still gives parents the choice to keep students out of in-person delivery and do remote learning instead. TLDSB has said it would notify families in August asking whether they will enroll their children for in-person classes.

More to come.


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