I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
I’d like to wish a very happy Father’s Day weekend to all the amazing dads, grandfathers, and stepfathers in Scarborough-Guildwood! I hope that you get the chance to get in touch with your loved ones, or remember those who have passed on.
This Sunday is also Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to celebrate the rich cultures & contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada. It is also a time to learn about the legacy of Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples and reflect on reconciliation.
Please find a summary of the latest COVID-19 updates below.
Province Announces Education Plan for 2020-2021 School Year
Today, the province released its safety plan for the resumption of class for the 2020-21 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers and staff can safely return to classrooms in September.
Boards will be asked to plan for the following three scenarios to be implemented in September, depending on the public health situation at the time:
- Normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols – Students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.
- Modified school day routine – Based on public health advice, an adapted delivery model has been designed to allow for physical distancing and cohorts of students. Under this model, school boards are asked to maintain a limit of 15 students in a typical classroom at one time and adopt timetabling that would allow for students to remain in contact only with their classmates and a single teacher for as much of the school day as possible. This model would require alternate day or alternate week delivery to a segment of the class at one time.
- At home learning – Should the school closure be extended, or some parents choose not to send their child back to school, school boards need to be prepared to offer remote education. Remote education should be delivered online to the greatest extent possible, including the establishment of minimum expectations for students to have direct contact with their teacher at the same time on a regular basis, also known as synchronous learning. Synchronous learning can be used as part of whole class instruction, in smaller groups of students, and/or in a one-on-one context.
You can read more about the plan here.
Letter to Finance Minister Rod Phillips
Today I wrote to the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance to urge him to release an updated Economic and Fiscal Outlook by July 15. Ontarians have not had an update from the government since March 25, a few weeks after the start of the pandemic, and deserve to know the real picture of the economic impact of the province’s shutdown.
You can read my letter to the Minister here.
Public Health Information
You can find the latest public health information online at the following sources:
As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide up to date information when we receive it.
My constituency office remains closed to walk-in visitors for the time being, but we are accessible by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at email@example.com during normal business hours. Please contact us if you require assistance.
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