Ontario Government Reveals Virtual School Option for Funding Plan, 2021-22

As students on school boards in Ontario continue to learn online amid the third wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, the government has released a funding plan for the upcoming 2021-22 school year that will include a virtual learning option.

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lacey said during an announcement on Tuesday, “When we all want to learn to return this spring, we will not take the risk with your child, because we are in the community with high rates of COVID-19 Answers. “

Lacey reiterated that education workers who work in person are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and that everyone 18 and older will be able to book the vaccine by the end of May.

Students in all school boards in Ontario did not return to in-person learning after the April break, which was delayed by the March break.

The government announced in mid-April, during a break, that distance education would continue “indefinitely”.

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However, on Tuesday, Lasse announced funding for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, which includes more than $ 2 billion for COVID-19 resources, for the recovery and renewal of learning amid the epidemic and the needs of students To support the increase in grants.

All boards will have distance education available to families as an option for their children, for the 2021-22 school year, the government also confirmed Tuesday.

According to the government, $ 1.6 billion will go towards COVID-19 resources including ventilation systems, filter replacement, learning recovery and renewal support, staff with flexibility to meet local needs, distance learning technology and access to the repository.

This includes PPE (personal protective equipment), critical supplies, public health nurses, asymptomatic testing, transportation, special education, a full year of mental health and well support and technology.

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The province said that $ 85.5 million will go towards aid learning and recovery including 2021 summer education, re-reading to students, early reading and mathematics, tuition, mental health and well-being.

Ontario said it is raising the grant to $ 561 million (2.2 percent from the previous year) for students’ needs. Funding from Ontario’s “financing of priorities and partnerships” will include $ 288 million for school boards and third parties.

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“The 2021–22 school year plan supports the continued health and safety of students and staff, establishes operational and educational needs to provide stability for students, families and staff, learning of students in the next school year Supports recovery and success. , And continues to be the government’s focus for the mental health and wellbeing of the student, “read the government documents.

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