Parents, students, and teachers are filled with anxiety as the start of school is only five weeks away. That would be pretty normal for this time of year. But this fall will be very different in the face of the pandemic as the provincial government and school boards grapple with the health and safety of children and staff.
The provincial government wants to assure us everyone will be safe. Meanwhile, parents are concerned. Unions are concerned. Advocates, like SickKids hospital, are also concerned. And there is evidence of how wrong things can go. We watch as other jurisdictions in the United States and elsewhere face outbreaks as schools reopen.
On today’s show, Diane Lloyd, chair of the Kawartha, Pine Ridge District School Board talks about the province’s plans and the preparation currently underway for September. She addresses many questions and concerns from parents, teachers, and others.
Here is my conversation with Diane Lloyd, chair of the Kawartha, Pine Ridge District School Board, as we discuss reopening plans for the local public school board.
Originally aired: August 7, 2020
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