Throughout the summer, the Ford Government said it leaned on the Hospital for SickKids’ ‘COVID-19 Guidance for School Reopening’ report to guide their own plan. We know that while they implemented some of these recommendations, they chose to ignore what SickKids called a ‘priority strategy’: smaller class sizes to ensure physical distancing.
On September 14, SickKids put theory into practice and released the initial findings of their COVID-19 classroom simulation. The simulation included over 190 students of all ages and 15 teachers from both public and independent schools, and noted two significant findings:
These findings revealed what we already knew: front line educators play a key role in implementing a plan that prioritizes learning needs and safety for students, and the importance of following the advice of medical professionals when it comes to class size.