Mississauga, Brampton students/teachers won’t have to wear masks when they return to classrooms

Published August 8, 2022 at 11:00 am

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For thousands of students and teachers who will be returning to classrooms this fall, the decision to wear masks will be a personal one.

The Ontario government has informed the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board that masks will no longer be mandatory come September as government officials work towards bringing some normalcy back to school life across the province.

Several protocols will remain in place and masks will be made available to students and staff as will rapid tests and personal protective equipment for those concerned with the spread of COVID-19.

Technically, the mask mandate was eliminated in March but some school boards in Ontario insisted they continue to be used during the fallout of the Omicron wave of the virus.

This time, Queen’s Park has made it clear that mask use will be a personal decision as locally-based mandates by school board will not be enforceable.

“The Ministry of Education remains committed to providing students with a normal return to school and to supporting an enriching school experience that enables academic success and lets students take advantage of the activities and programs that enhance classroom learning and build social and life skills,” Deputy Education Minister Nancy Naylor stated in a memo sent to the school boards.

The first day of classes is September 6.




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