Ontario government invests in schools

Published on September 14, 2021

The September MPP column in Community Voice 

Back to school is here and everyone is looking forward to an in-person learning experience which is why the government is doing everything it can do to keep students safe.

Over and over I heard that keeping students safe was your most important priority, which is why the government is investing over $600 million to support system-wide improvements in ventilation and air quality to keep schools safe.

The Ontario government is taking action to deliver for students and following the best medical advice:

  • Assessed and/or recommissioned 100% of schools ventilation systems to optimize airflow
  • Purchased over 70,000 standalone HEPA filter units and other ventilation devices.

Improving ventilation is one way to ensure students return to well-prepared classrooms this fall.  The Government has invested more in public education for the third straight year. Under the return to school plan, the Government is making over $2 billion in additional resources. Here are the investments:

  • $1.6 billion in COVID-19 resources,
  • $85.5 million to support learning recovery in math and reading, and
  • $561 million increase in the Grants for Student Needs (GSN), rising to $25.6 billion.

The government has recently announced that it is working with local public health units and publicly-funded school boards to plan and host vaccination clinics in, or nearby, schools. This voluntary program is part of the last mile strategy to encourage those who have yet to receive a first or second dose and will provide convenient access to vaccines for eligible students and their families, as well as educators and school staff who are returning to school this fall.

Residents of Kanata-Carleton are doing an incredible job rolling up their sleeves and getting the vaccine.  Together we can overcome the challenges we are facing. Please get your vaccine. If you need your first or second dose, book now: Ontario.ca/bookvaccine

 

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