Posted November 05, 2018 09:14:24 When the province announced its plan to close schools, the Liberals said it was to make Ontario more resilient and more “cohesive.”
Now the province is scrambling to put together a plan to replace what it says was a broken system.
Education Minister Diane Finley says it will take time, but she expects to have a plan in place by mid-December.
But many students will not see their classes resume until after the holidays.
The province says it is now on track to meet its goal of closing all public school schools by the end of the year.
But the timeline is far from certain, and some parents have questions.
Many schools in Ontario will close as part of the plan to shut down schools by mid December, but they won’t be closed until after Christmas.
Some schools are expected to reopen as early as January, though the details are not clear.
Here are some of the key questions facing parents and students in the coming weeks.
How many students are in the closures?
The province’s plan calls for closing all of Ontario’s schools by December, and many will close in the following months.
But it’s unclear how many students the closures will affect.
How long will schools be closed?
Many students in Ontario’s public school system will have been placed on a waiting list.
But a number of students have been on that list since the fall of 2017.
The Ontario Public School Boards Association has said it has identified about 2,400 students who could be on that waiting list, and it’s hoped to bring the total to about 5,400.
How is it possible for students to be placed on the list?
Some students have had their school’s status changed, or been placed in a restricted category.
If that means they won´t be able to return to school for a period of time, the province has set up a system for schools to apply for student status changes.
So far, the only way to make sure you aren’t on the waiting list is to apply to school board.
But students can apply for a change of status, which is something a number schools have done in recent years.
How will students and parents be affected?
Some parents have expressed concerns about a lack of information about the impact the school closures will have on their children.
Finley said the government has been communicating with parents, and has been looking into ways to make students more informed.
She said she hopes to have the school closure plan in the public domain before the end.
What are the plans to reopen schools?
The government has put together some detailed plans to get students back to school as soon as possible.
Schools that will reopen early are expected a few weeks after the new year.
Those that will not reopen early include schools where there are no regular scheduled classes and those that have been closed for some other reason.
Many of those schools are in small rural communities where parents say they don’t have a school or school staff to visit their children in the months after the closures.
What is a public school?
The public school sector is comprised of about 1,000 schools.
It’s a small portion of the public school population in Ontario, but it’s the only sector of education where parents are directly affected by closures.
That’s because they pay taxes to fund public education.
The government says it’s doing everything it can to support schools where parents have a choice.
Some parents say that means a reduction in services or the closure of a school in a small community.
Some school boards have said they will continue to operate in those communities.
What’s the impact on students?
Many of the schools will close because they are in rural communities and schools can’t meet demand.
For many students, it’s a difficult time.
But for some, it means they can have an extra semester of school.
There’s also the question of whether they will be able return to classes after the Christmas break.
Some students and teachers say that they don´t want to see their class schedule changed.
Others say they will miss out on learning more about their school system and their community.
What about the new school in my community?
Many families who are upset with the closures are concerned about the long-term effect of the closures on their schools.
That is why they are asking the government to find a solution that will help students, families and schools.
What happens to those students who are not on the wait list?
Parents who have been waiting for changes in the plan can apply to have them made permanent.
So the question is whether those students will be allowed to attend classes after they return.
Some of the new schools are also in remote communities where there aren’t any teachers or school employees.
Many parents worry that they wonít be invited back to their childrenís school during the Christmas holidays.
What if I need help?
There are a number ways the government can help parents affected by the closures, including by providing a list of school locations and staff.
If you have questions, you can email your questions to: school