As of Monday, staff and students will return to face-to-face learning, so the Board of Education in Kingston and the surrounding area is looking forward to further action from the state.
At a meeting of the Limestone District Board of Education (LDSB) on Wednesday night, a motion was approved to ask the Chair of the Board to write a letter to the Chief Health Officer, the Local Health Officer, and the Minister of Education.
The letter calls for nine individual steps to ensure a safe return to school, and mandatory vaccination of students is one such request.
Suzanne Ruttan, chair of the LDSB’s board of directors, said the letter is currently being written and is expected to be completed in a timely manner, but he does not want to rush.
Ruttan states that the letter is about clarifying what the board wants to see in order to return to school safely.
“The trustee wants to share information with public health, medical officers and the Minister of Education,” says Ruttan.
“This letter also shows our members of the community what our priorities are.”
A limited number of virtual learning spaces will be available in the short term, continuing until the first semester for elementary school students and the second semester for junior high school students.
Krishna Burra, LDSB’s Director of Education, states that over the past two years, staff have been proficient in pivoting and are ready to return to work as of Monday.
According to Bra, the request reflects that there is always much that can be done to keep the school safe.
“The other day’s move was about keeping things safe when we got back to school,” Burra said.
“There is always a lot we can do to give people a sense of security when they return to school.”
Burra added that both KFL & A and Hastings & Prince Edward County medical officers supported the list of requests on Friday morning.
He also states that it doesn’t seem to be a problem for local educators, despite some complaints that teachers are not prioritized for receiving boosters in the state.
On Friday, the school will also receive a Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) kit and the LDSB will receive approximately 40,000, which will be distributed to students and staff in pairs. People with symptoms will need two negative tests to return to school.
LDSB also informed parents that students will be provided with three ply masks and teachers will receive N95 masks to enhance protection.
The Board argues that the state must bear all pandemic-related costs and continue to fund supplies and RAT kits.
The change in the way schools report incidents has caused some criticism. Schools are currently only required to notify the Ministry of Education and public health after a 30 percent absence rate.
This is one of the concerns of the nearby Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), and Chair Tom Dall expressed “disappointment and frustration” on the board.
In a letter to Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, Dar states that the decision was not made in consultation with staff and the executive branch, even though Lecce claimed it was not.
“Contrary to your comments on social media,” the letter reads.
“There was no consultation with the Board of Trustees, the Director of Education, or the Union on this significant change in practice.”
Dall further states that rural families with children attending ALCDSB schools face disadvantages for broadband access and need sufficient funding to support distance learning in the long run. increase.
Like Limestone, Dall and ALCDSB demanded that students be required to be vaccinated with COVID, but also demanded that the state revert to its previous contact and case management system.
Although the demand for compulsory vaccination has been a bit repulsive, Kingston already boasts one of the highest immunization rates in the state, with 60% of eligible adults receiving a third vaccination and aged 5-11 years. 65.2% of children are compared in a single vaccination to a state average of almost 50%.
Some concerns remain while the state prepares to return to school
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