OPSBA in the Media – February 2022

2022 2/7 | Connects Page, OPSBA in the Media

Ontario is turning to tests, tutoring to address pandemic learning loss, Stephen Lecce says
Toronto Star – February 17, 2022
Ontario is going to resume standardized testing in grades 3 and 6 this school year — and has already restarted province-wide math and literacy tests in high school — to help pinpoint where kids have fallen behind during the pandemic.

Ontario to require school boards to offer remote learning option for one more year
Toronto Star – February 17, 2022
TORONTO – Ontario will require school boards to offer virtual learning as an option for one more school year, given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will bring back standardized testing.

Ontario reconsiders timelines for loosening COVID-19 restrictions
Toronto Star – February 10, 2022
Ontario is looking to move up timelines for reopening and discussions are under way about changes to masking rules and vaccination passports given the “remarkable improvement” in the COVID-19 situation, says the chief medical officer of health.

‘Really severe challenges’: Ontario school boards struggle with unprecedented staff absences
Toronto Star – February 7, 2022
School boards are increasingly having trouble filling teacher absences related to COVID-19 — Toronto’s public board has hit historic levels — and some worry that while students may be supervised, they question if they are actually learning.