The area’s two largest school boards are deep in planning mode after the province announced all elementary and secondary schools in the area could open at full capacity in the fall.
The local boards are tweaking several aspects of their back-to-school plans after the government on Thursday said all elementary schools across the province, and high schools in areas with a “lower risk,” will be allowed to reopen with a normal daily schedule, five days a week.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, which is home to 13,000 students, is one of the boards considered low risk and allowed to reopen at full capacity. In a press release, the board said because of this, all of its elementary and secondary students will return to school with enhanced health and safety protocols on Sept. 4.
While elementary students will attend school five days a week in a relatively normal, full school day, they will need to take a different approach at the secondary level.