Sumary of Ontario schools likely to return in September with cautious approach to masking: top doctor:
- TORONTO — There may not be high enough levels of immunity to COVID-19 across the province by September for kids to return to school unmasked, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said Tuesday.
- His comments came a day after the government’s science advisory table released recommendations for COVID-19 protocols in schools when they resume, including loosening rules on masking in low-risk scenarios.
- Ontario science advisory group recommends extra curriculars resume, schools stay open “It may be that we have a very cautious start in September and then monitor the situation because I don’t know that we’ll achieve that high community immunity that we need in September,” he said.
- “We’ve seen across Ontario that the rates of illness can be quite variable and that Delta can suddenly surge, as it has in Grey Bruce and Waterloo or Porcupine and North Bay and then percolate in those communities,” he said.
- Trending Stories Norway beach handball team fined for wearing shorts, not bikini bottoms Canada’s 4th COVID-19 wave will be among unvaccinated, with fewer restrictions: experts Story continues below The science table recommended masking continue in moderate and high-risk scenarios.
- ”Nestel also said she supported recommendations from the science table’s report that aim to make schools safer by improving ventilation.
- Ontario’s back-to-school plan is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
- Ontario government reports 127 new COVID-19 cases, 132K more vaccine doses administered “Kids are really struggling with their mental and emotional health,” said education critic Marit Stiles.