OPSBA in the Media – June 2020

2020 6/18 | Connects Page, OPSBA in the Media

OPSBA Media Releases

New technology and mental health funding for OPSBA
Perth Courier, Jun. 19, 2020
Throughout the pandemic, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) has emphasized the need for increased investments in both technology and mental health supports.
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OPSBA statement regarding Ontario’s plans to reopen schools
saultonline.com, Jun. 19 2020
“Following extensive discussions with the government and internal consultations with our members over the past few months, OPSBA provided a submission to the Ministry of Education with our feedback and comments about a return to school plan. It was encouraging to see that most of our concerns have been addressed in the framework released today by the government. … ”
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Ontario says school boards need to plan for three reopening scenarios: online only, in class or a mix
The Toronto Star, Jun. 19, 2020
Boards will spend the summer making three different plans for school reopening in the fall: classes as usual with safety precautions, online only or a mix of the two.

Province pledges funding for student mental health to help with COVID-19 stress
The Toronto Star, Jun. 18, 2020
The province is pledging $10 million for school boards to boost mental health services for students to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario schools should reopen without masks, strict physical distancing, says expert report
Ottawa Citizen, Jun. 17, 2020
The two million Ontario students who have been in lockdown at home because of COVID-19 should return to school in the fall with no strict physical distancing or requirement to wear a mask, says a report from experts at SickKids hospital in Toronto.

Handwashing, desks spaced far apart? Yes. Masks, or physical distancing at recess? No.
The Toronto Star, Jun. 17, 2020
Ontario students should return to class this fall with safety precautions such as “hand hygiene breaks” at least five times a day — but not masks, experts at Sick Kids hospital say in their recommendations to the province.