Queen’s Park considering whether in-class learning should resume next week for some students

Announcement expected in a day or two

Premier Ford is consulting with his experts on whether some students should be returning to class next week.

All students have been engaged in online schooling this week.

All in northern Ontario and elementary students in the south were expected to return to in-class instruction next week but teachers have been urging local health units to rethink this.

“It makes no sense for the government to send students, teachers and education workers back to school while the province is locked for another two to three weeks,” said Sam Hammond, president of The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario

Teachers know that in-person learning is the most effective environment for students, said Hammond, but noted the province is at the height of the pandemic.

“We’re going to talk to the health table and the chief medical officer and get their advice,” the premier said. “We’ll be announcing that in the next day or so.”