Ontario nurses urging Ford government to lower elementary class sizes

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Ontario’s registered nurses have asked the province to cut elementary class sizes to protect students and school staff from COVID-19.

The CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario has made the request in a letter.

Doris Grinspun says the province needs to mandate elementary class sizes of no more than 15 students unless larger places like gyms or outdoor classrooms can be used to provide physical distancing.

She says the province should provide boards with funding to cut class sizes and calls a plan to allow boards to access their reserve funds to achieve the goal “disappointing”.

Grinspun also says all students aged 3 and older should wear masks during school.
 

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