Doug Ford’s half-baked plan to reopen schools is nothing short of a catastrophe for parents, students, and teachers. The plan falls short of even the basic standards set out by SickKids yesterday and blatantly ignores recommendations from school boards, teachers, healthcare associations, and parents.
“Parents across Ontario have been waiting anxiously for a plan to reopen schools safely – today they got one written on the back of a napkin,” said Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. “None of the concerns parents raised have been addressed. None.”
“On Monday we released a detailed, costed plan to safely reopen schools. That plan was budgeted at $3.2 billion – Doug Ford’s plan is just not serious. He’s showing up with only 10% of what both education and healthcare experts told us would be needed. By shortchanging our schools, Doug Ford is putting our kids and our economy at risk.”
Doug Ford’s school reopening plan gets a failing grade on every measure. The SickKids’ report makes clear a proper plan must include:
- Small Class Sizes
- Significant amount of new caretakers (custodians and cleaning staff)
- Adequate mental health support
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