"You feel unsettled," said Hanna, a teacher at Dunlace Public School in Toronto. And they still don’t have directions from the Ministry of Education on other key questions, such as the protocol in case of an outbreak of COVID-19 at school. But also, innovation, flexibility, resilience and creativity. Read more about cookies here. Will there be changes to back-to-school plan? Today my colleagues @Sflecce, @KingaSurmaMPP, @CHogarthPC and I visited the future home of #Etobicoke’s new elementary school, Buttonwood Elementary School. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has already announced it will adopt that approach, sending students back to school between Sept. 3 and Sept. 8. We are calling on the government to ensure a safe return to school for all.#onted #onpoli #safeseptember pic.twitter.com/4jnL2Vrxzk. However, that doesn’t mean $496 million is necessarily available to spend, as boards may have other plans for the money as they prepare for running schools during a pandemic. UPDATE: Premier Doug Ford and Minister Stephen Lecce have confirmed Ontario’s school reopening plans. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @LauraHowellsNL. UPDATE: Premier Doug Ford and Minister Stephen Lecce have confirmed Ontario’s school reopening plans.The story can be found here. Lecce also announced details about online schooling. "We were all in tears; we didn't know what we were doing," said Marsh, who teaches Grades 3 and 5 at Sheppard Public School. Ontario Premier Doug Ford is making another announcement today alongside Education Minister Stephen Lecce, as most of the province can now enter the next stage of reopening. On Monday, Ford announced that the City of Toronto and Peel Region can join the 31 other provincial areas, for Stage 2 of reopening the economy, on June 24 at 12:01 am. Lecce said teachers will have a full day of training for online learning before school starts. Ford and Lecce will also be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliot to make the 12:30 p.m. announcement at Queen’s Park. Her colleagues wrestled with Google Classroom when schools shut down after March Break, Marsh says, and her students had no motivation to log on. Principals and administrators will be hired to run the online schools, said Lecce. When Nancy Hanna said goodbye to her Kindergarten students this week, it didn't feel right. Ontario education minister makes funding announcement as conflict escalates over return to school. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. For the introduction, thank you all very much for being here this morning. (Stephen Lecce/Instagram). But Hanna says the new funding and promise of 37,000 new laptops doesn't amount to much when broken down among the school boards. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Now classes vary widely in that age group, with some smaller and others larger. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. On Wednesday, SickKids released an update on a series of recommendations they say will help guide educators, parents, and students on the best possible practices using currently available data collected from around the world. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. The pressures on the government are unlikely to let up, though. Education unions are considering a legal challenge unless the school reopening plan changes, the Toronto Star reports. Sign up for our newsletter to get exclusive content, contests, and perks direct to you. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. School administrators say they can’t provide details about class sizes until they know how many children will attend classes in person and how many will stay home. “If there was a risk I would not recommend schools being open.”. "There are just so many moving parts," said Hanna, pointing to diverse needs in every classroom and new safety measures that will be tough for young kids to follow. When asked about a delay to school, Lecce said boards could stagger start days so students arrive in September gradually over a week or so. Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce makes an announcement at Queen's Park. 9:48 "We want this to be safe, we want this to be positive, we also recognize it's going to be a tough start. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Here are some of the most pressing controversies: Some elementary school parents and educators are worried their kids are going back to regular-sized classes that leave no room for the two metres of physically distancing everyone else in Ontario has been asked to maintain. The new school year will also mean a new elementary math curriculum in September, the government announced Tuesday. Teachers say bittersweet goodbye to an Ontario school year like no other, Education Minister Stephen Lecce speaks about upcoming school year. We encountered an issue signing you up. The livestream is expected to start at 1 p.m. The livestream is expected to start at 1 p.m. Speaking on CBC's Metro Morning Thursday, he emphasized added funding for school boards, which will represent a two-per-cent increase. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. "Staff will continue working through the summer so that we're ready," said Ryan Bird, spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board. The province also funds schools. Photo by Government of Ontario/YouTube/CPAC, Schools are set to open Sept. 3, but some say they are far from ready, School buses to have normal loading capacity in September, says consortium, tap here to see other videos from our team. That’s perhaps not surprising given the massive reorganization under way to get kids back to class while keeping them as safe as possible from COVID-19. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. The next issue of Ottawa Citizen Headline News will soon be in your inbox. “We aim to have students in class half the time.”. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. “Synchronous learning time may include students working independently and in small groups while engaged in a virtual classroom with the teacher overseeing their learning and available for questions.”. Some parents of high school students in large urban boards are furious after learning the plan for half-time classes at school has morphed into a schedule that has students working mainly online at home. While school boards implement back-to-school plans, the big decisions are made by the provincial government, which sets class sizes and has issued a plan outlining how schools should operate this September. Please try again. But as conflict escalates, Education Minister Stephen Lecce has scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon with the province’s chief medical officer of health in attendance. Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education for today's announcement from Queen's Park. Ontario education minister makes announcement as conflict escalates over return to school, Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, Parents, students upset about high school back-to-school plan that calls for mainly online learning, OCDSB extends deadline for parents on back-to-school decision to Sunday, tap here to see other videos from our team. © 2020 Ottawa Citizen, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. If kids are back in class, she'll also have to figure out child care for her one-year-old son. Some parents in Ottawa were furious to learn earlier this week that the “50 per cent” in person instruction they had expected had morphed into a schedule that was mainly online.
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