Ford 'Won't Hesitate' To Shut Schools Again If COVID-19 Starts Blowing Up In The Fall
"I will do anything to protect our kids."
Doug Ford says he'll do all it takes to keep Ontario's school students safe. He promised residents that he "won't hesitate" to shut schools down if we were to experience. A resurgence of the pandemic in the fall by many experts.
The announcement came during Ford's media address from Queen’s Park on Wednesday, August 5.
"I’ll make sure I do anything to keep our kids safe," said Ford. "And I mean anything."
This could involvefor a second time in a year.
He added, "I won’t hesitate, if we have a second wave and [COVID-19] starts blowing up, to close the schools."
The provinceon July 30. The framework has drawn alike.
The plan has key differences for elementary school and high school students.
Elementary students will attend school full time, with kids and teachers required to wear masks and implement social distancing. Face masks for the youngest students will still be optional.
Meanwhile, high school students will participate inand only attend school in
Lockers, lunchtimes, and field trips will all see restrictions.
Lunchtimes will likely take place inside classrooms so that physical distancing can be maintained, and students will be asked to take their garbage home with them.
These plans were reportedly made in accordance with guidance from SickKids.
However, they don’t seem to follow the organization's suggested occupancy limit for class sizes.
As of now, students will be returning back to school come September 8, as long as everything goes according to plan pandemic-wise.
Ford has repeatedly stated thatThe choice to enroll online will be available to wary parents.
"This is not a return to normal, but rather to a 'new normal' which will require everyone to modify their behaviour, stay informed, apply protective measures and follow public health advice and individual sport associations' recommendations, said Ontario's chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, per CBC.