Parents and students in Ontario will continue to be offered the option of virtual learning next year, officials confirmed as they outlined their education funding allotments for the 2021-22 year.
Speaking at a technical briefing Tuesday, officials said that school boards will be required to continue offering virtual learning next year and promised to release more details at a later date.
It is unclear when parents will have to make decisions on whether their children will begin school in September in person or remotely.
Schools in Ontario have been closed to in-person learning since mid-April amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the province. Instead, all students have been participating in remote learning from home.
The government has not yet provided a return date for in-person learning and it is unclear if students will return before the school year is up.
Education Minister Mr. Stephen Lecce said the plan to study online is only for the 2021-22 school year, but the government is holding consultations on whether this should be an option for post-pandemic students.
On Tuesday, the government said the school board would have access to an additional $1.6 billion in funding next year to continue providing secure classroom live learning, including access to up to $507.9 million dollars in funding for the board’s reserve.
In addition, Ontario Students facing pandemic pressure will have access to year-round mental health support. There is a grant of $ 80 million that gives students time with the school counsellors and allows the school board to hire 1,000 additional mental health workers over the next two years.
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