Masks is not going to be obligatory in Ontario colleges this September, the province’s schooling ministry says.
In an e-mail to CBC Toronto on Monday, the ministry mentioned most well being and security necessities for the upcoming college 12 months will stay unchanged from the tip of the 2021-22 college 12 months, which incorporates the voluntary use of masks.
“The federal government will proceed to supply free high-quality masks for college students and N95s for employees, in the event that they select to make use of them, all which stays unchanged from the 2021-22 college 12 months,” reads the e-mail.
“College boards will proceed to have entry to fast antigen assessments for use in accordance with provincial testing steering.”
The ministry provides that main medical specialists, together with the Youngsters’s Well being Coalition and medical officers of well being, have been consulted on this 12 months’s well being and security plan.
The information comes days after the province’s chief medical officer of well being mentioned the seventh wave of COVID-19 in Ontario has peaked.
Nevertheless, when the masks mandate was lifted in colleges final 12 months, the Elementary Lecturers’ Federation of Ontario known as the transfer “untimely” and mentioned it will put college students susceptible to having in-person studying disrupted as soon as once more.
Late final month, Schooling Minister Stephen Lecce dedicated to protecting Ontario’s two million college students at school for in-person studying this college 12 months
“Now we have taken motion by deploying over 100,000 standalone HEPA filter models to school rooms and studying areas, enhanced cleansing, and continued entry to fast antigen assessments,” Lecce mentioned in a press release.
“Our authorities stays centered on offering college students with a constructive, protected, and regular college expertise.”