OPSBA in the Media – July 2021

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Masks on, schools told for September as long-awaited provincial guidance unveiled
The Toronto Star – Aug. 3, 2021
Back to school this fall for Ontario’s two million students isn’t quite back to normal, but there will be fewer COVID-19 restrictions than the 2020-21 year.
And — after Ontario shut down its schools more than any other province since the pandemic began — Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore says he does not expect that to happen in 2021-22.

Back-to-school plan includes indoor masking, no vaccine mandate
Toronto Sun – Aug. 3, 2021
The long-awaited plan for a return to Ontario’s schools outlines rules for masks, distancing, pre-school screening, and more.
However, the back-to-school blueprint stops short of mandatory vaccination for staff – but provides guidance for how more than 2 million students will return to in-person learning.

Unvaccinated students will have to isolate longer if exposed to COVID-19, top doctor says
The Toronto Star – Jul. 27, 2021
Ontario students who aren’t vaccinated will have to spend more time isolating at home than vaccinated students if they are exposed to COVID-19, says the province’s chief medical officer of health.