Students in Brampton, Mississauga flocking back to Peel Catholic board classrooms

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Published August 24, 2021 at 10:24 am

More than 90 per cent of elementary students in Brampton and Mississauga are expected to back in their Catholic schools this year.

The results of this summer’s family survey will be presented at tonight’s Dufferin-Peel District Catholic School Board’s meeting.

In addition to 93 per cent of elementary students and their families indicating they’ll be attending school in person, 88 per cent of secondary students also said they’d be back in classes.

Both numbers are about 10 per cent higher than their public board compatriots.

Elementary students will spend the entire day with their class, including lunch and recess. This will mitigate any potential COVID-19 outbreak at the school.

Students who have chosen the remote learning option will not be able to change their mind until the end of the term or quadmester. Remote elementary students will be grouped together and classes will be supervised by the host school principal. Every effort will be made to have remote students participate in the general life of the school.

Secondary classes will use the hybrid model where teachers will simultaneously instruct both in-class and at-home students.

For COVID-19 safety, all school staff will be provided with personal protective equipment that includes medical-grade masks and eye protection. Masks must be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking, and outdoors as students will not be masked.

While indoors, all students must wear a properly-fitted non-medical or cloth mask including while in common areas, hallways and school vehicles.

The report says mask accommodations will only be made for a pre-existing medical condition as defined in the Ontario Rights Code that causes breathing difficulty. No exceptions will be made for charter/constitutional rights or personal beliefs.

Sports and extracurricular activities will be allowed. Masks will be mandatory for all indoor activities, including high-intensity sports like basketball, volleyball and wrestling, but will not be required outdoors.

“Reopening schools in September 2021 requires careful consideration and coordination and staff will continue to work to ensure a safe, healthy, inclusive and strategic return to school for students and staff,” concludes the report.

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