In a release on Tuesday afternoon, August 18, Mayor John Tory has announced the city's willing to give up 24 city facilities, 36 rooms in total, to be used as auxiliary classrooms for Toronto's back-to-school plan.\nThis is aimed at ensuring that physical distancing can be maintained when students return to school in a few weeks, after the province of Ontario rejected a call to reduce class sizes.\n\n\nEditor's Choice: Ontario Police Found A 6-Year-Old Boy Riding A Bike On Hwy. 403 On Monday\n\n\nWe are doing everything we can as a @CityofToronto government to help the schools boards & province with the return to school. Today, the City Manager wrote to the @TDSB & @TCDSB to outline City & @torontolibrary spaces that could be available for students. pic.twitter.com/iAv71Ingzq— John Tory (@JohnTory) August 18, 2020\n\nJust last week, in the lastest amendment to the back-to-school plan, Education Minister Stephen Lecce admitted that he would support school boards and districts if they choose to implement staggered start dates.\nThe province's framework has garnered plenty of criticism, especially from Ontarians who are sending children back to school come September. \nA petition arguing for smaller class sizes, which would make distancing more feasible, has raised 229,000 signatures already. However, the province rejected pleas to cut class sizes this week, leaving Toronto scrambling to find safe space for students.