COVID-19 – Province unveils again-to-college plan; Ottawa reports first …


Elsewhere in the region, only the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported a new case Thursday.


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COVID-19: Province unveils back-to-school plan; Ottawa reports first …

About Province
A province is almost always an administrative division within a country or state. The term derives from the ancient Roman provincia, which was the major territorial and administrative unit of the Roman Empire’s territorial possessions outside Italy. The term province has since been adopted by many countries. In some countries with no actual provinces, “the provinces” is a metaphorical term meaning “outside the capital city”.
While some provinces were produced artificially by colonial powers, others were formed around local groups with their own ethnic identities. Many have their own powers independent of central or federal authority, especially in Canada. In other countries, like China or France, provinces are the creation of central government, with very little autonomy.

Ontario students from kindergarten to Grade 8 can return to school five days a week in September, while high school students in Ottawa and some other boards will attend part-time, the provincial government announced Thursday.

Staff and students in Grades 4 to 12 will be required to wear masks and younger children will be encouraged to, according to the school reopening plan.

COVID-19: Province unveils back-to-school plan; Ottawa reports first …

The government pledged to spend $309 million to help make schools safe, with the largest amounts for extra staffing, purchase of personal protective equipment and masks, and hiring public health nurses. Staff at the province’s 4,800 schools will be provided with medical masks, and school boards will be direct to ensure any student who can’t afford a mask is provided one.

Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place for students going back to class in September, nearly six months after COVID-19 closed schools. They include physical distancing, grouping of students into “cohorts,” requiring students and staff to self screen for signs of illness, limiting visitors at schools and emphasizing hand hygiene.

Parents will still have the option of choosing online schooling at home if they are uncomfortable sending their children back to class.

“We will continue to respect the choice and authority of parents – the choice of whether to enrol their children for in-school instruction, the choice of determining when and if they feel comfortable with their child re-entering school during the year, and the expectation and delivery of live, online, teacher-led synchronous learning for their child when they’re not in school,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

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