Gifted college students amongst these nonetheless at school at Ottawa board throughout faculty shutdown

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Gardner stated she understands the board needed to act shortly, however stated it ought to solely permit college students who can’t research remotely to attend faculty in particular person.

“The underside line is that it’s extra publicity. For the scholar within the constructing and for the academics.”

With the province in emergency lockdown, “why would we, besides in excessive instances, put anybody in hurt’s means?” she stated.

The Ontario union representing highschool academics and lots of academic assistants in English public faculties issued a press release Tuesday evening calling for the a halt to all in-person courses, together with these for special-education college students, in the course of the state of emergency. That begins Thursday and is about to final at the very least 28 days.

Some Ottawa educators have stated they’re fearful about pandemic security in a few of the special-education courses the place many college students don’t put on masks, are unable to bodily distance or keep hygiene comparable to washing their fingers and holding them away from their mouth.

Ottawa Public Well being says it’s scheduling visits to colleges which can be nonetheless providing in-person courses, together with Clifford Bowey and Crystal Bay Centre, specialised faculties for college kids as much as age 21 with developmental delays, “to watch and enhance practices to scale back dangers to be able to shield the well being of scholars, trainer and academic workers within the faculty setting.”

There have been no instances of COVID-19 this yr at both Clifford Bowey or Crystal Bay, OPH stated in a press release.