Ottawa trustees wrestle with price of reworking faculties when college students return to class


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If bodily distancing is required, a bus with a capability for 72 college students would solely be allowed to hold 12 kids, mentioned Boothby.

Shortly including extra buses could be troublesome, particularly since there’s already a scarcity of bus drivers.

One other potential price is child-care and prolonged day applications in faculties, which can should function with decrease student-staff ratios.

Additionally unknown are tendencies in enrolment, which Carson referred to as “a wild card.”

Faculties are funded by the province predominantly based mostly on what number of college students are enrolled. The board can often make pretty correct predictions of what number of college students will present up in September.

However this yr, the variety of overseas college students – who pay a payment – is anticipated to be down in addition to the variety of new immigrants arriving on the town.

And a few dad and mom frightened about security may maintain their kids house subsequent fall, particularly for junior kindergarten, mentioned Carson.

The board’s funds for this faculty yr was additionally altered by the disruption to colleges. General, the board tasks a deficit of $9.7 million for 2019-20, up from the unique forecasted deficit of $eight.four million. Working bills are estimated at $949.6 million.

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