Some parents, teachers balk at Ontario's back-to-school plan

Some parents, teachers balk at Ontario's back-to-school plan”

Most students in the Ashland School District will start their year away from the classroom, school officials announced on Thursday.

The district plans to use universal health precautions, which include requiring everyone to wear a mask, asking students and staff to stay home when sick, encouraging frequent hand-washing and continuous cleaning of high-touch areas. Jackson County's case rate per 100,000 remains too high for a full return to classrooms as well.

"This is a localized, data driven approach to making sure school districts where it is physically possible to teach our students we will do that", Walz said.

At this time, the decision to go off-site only pertains to 4th grade and above.

Secondary school students will return to class on alternate days or schedules in groups of approximately 15 students in an effort to limit the number of student-to-student contacts.

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The Columbia County School District released their reopening plans this week joining Levy, Bradford and Alachua Counties in pushing back the start date of school.

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools, for example, will start the year with distancing learning.

The Ontario Parent Action Network says that instead of getting kids back to school safely, the province has "abandoned" them.

"We're just going to wait and play it by ear and see what the district does", said Sager. "We anticipate that the ASD blueprint will be available to the public on or after August 11".

"We want every school building to be safe for every teacher and staff person to learn and teach and work and we're going to do everything we can to make the changes that might be necessary for that to happen", Specht said.

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