Most students will be returning to full-time learning in Ontario this September.

The provincial government says elementary and middle school students will be back, five days a week, with no limits on class sizes.

High school students in 24 districts, mainly in Toronto, the Golden Horseshoe, and the Ottawa area, will attend on alternating days, with class sizes limited to 15.

Elsewhere, they will go back to regular classes, also limited to 15 students.

The provincial plan will also see students wearing face coverings in Grades Four to 12, while younger children will be encouraged to use the masks.

The government says school attendance won’t be mandatory this coming school year.

It’s promising to have distance learning available for parents who want to keep their children at home.

There will also be a school health monitoring system put in place, to track any outbreaks of COVID-19.


Teachers concerns

Teachers unions in the province are worried that the provincial school reopening plans goes too far.

The unions say not implementing a 15-student limit on class sizes in elementary and middle schools will make it very difficult for teachers to implement physical distancing.

And they’re wondering how teachers will handle on-line learning students after working in the classroom all day.

The unions add that the funds being allocated aren’t nearly enough to provide for proper personal protective equipment, sanitizing of schools, and public health nurses to protect children and staff.


Eviction ban lifted

The Ford government is allowing its ban on residential evictions to expire.

As of tomorrow, the Landlord and Tenant Board will begin enforcing eviction notices that have been on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

It anticipates the resumption of hearings on eviction applications to resume in two weeks.

The opposition New Democrats are urging the government to stop the thousands of possible evictions that are expected to take place.


A look at the numbers

Health officials reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 across the province yesterday….the second day in a row the number has fallen below 100.

The number of people being treated in hospital is also down again.

More than 89 per cent of those who have contracted the virus have now recovered.

Meantime, Toronto and Peel Region move into Stage Three of the provincial recovery plan today.

Windsor-Essex is the only area still at Stage Two.


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