District 742 Releases Statement on Back to School Plans

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

Yonkers School District submitted its reopening proposal to the state Department of Health Friday.

The Province's four teachers unions - the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO, ) Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO, ) and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) - issued a joint statement decrying the plan, accusing the provincial government of putting the safety of students in jeopardy.

Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says they are proposing a hybrid model that will include in-person instruction combined with online learning for the district's almost 27,000 students.

The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District says its announcement will come August 10th.

While initially planning for a hybrid learning system, under the new state rules, the district now plans to start the year with online-only learning.

The 2020-2021 school year isn't far away, and even with just a few weeks, parents are left unsure of what it's going to look like for their kids. This will give families time to plan and "provides predictability during an upredictable time". Prior to the latest guidelines, the district had planned to bring some students back for in-person lessons five days a week.

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