July 20, 2021

Science Table Advisory for Ontario – School operation for 2021-2022 academic year

The physical, emotional, and developmental health of children and youth has been
deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on schools. School
disruptions, including school closures and implementation of education models that
have reduced direct interaction between children, their peers, and their teachers (e.g.,
online learning), have led to significant learning disruption, exacerbated educational
inequities and deprived children of other supports and activities available through
schools including food programs, physical activity and sports and clubs and teams.
It is therefore essential that moving forward the needs of students be prioritized
to ensure sustained in-person school attendance and in-person learning. closures, and
the various distance learning strategies deployed to ensure educationalcontinuity,
should be part of a pandemic control strategy in only the most catastrophic
of circumstances.

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