Students will be back in regional schools in three weeks, and local school boards are thanking families for their patience as they work to release a back-to-school plan.
On Friday, both the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board sent out letters from their directors of education saying that the boards continue to finalize plans for the return to area schools, working from the Ministry of Education’s revised Guide for Reopening Ontario’s Schools, which was released last week.
“Staff are working as quickly as we can to align our plans with the ministry guidance document and staff collective agreements while addressing provincial and local health directives,” Krishna Burra, director of education for LDSB, told families in a letter published on the board’s website.
Burra said the public school board continues to meet with public health to “confirm health and safety protocols including cleaning, masking, screening and plans on how to deal with potential outbreaks.”
The public board will also be asking families to tell the board later this week whether their students will be opting out of school.
“We need this information to ensure our classes are staffed sufficiently according to the ministry model and staff collective agreements,” Burra’s letter stated.