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Ontario government details additional pandemic funding for schools

The Ontario Government has announced an additional $381 million for Ontario schools through the federal Safe Return to Class Fund. According to a statement from the office of Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings, Lennox & Addington, the funding will be used to continue to improve air quality and ventilation in

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ETFO President says teachers nervous about school reopening

The President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) local branch says teachers are apprehensive heading into the school year during a pandemic. She also called Premier Doug Ford’s message to teachers unions yesterday ’insulting.’ “It’s time for teachers to step up,” Ford told the media on Thursday, Aug.

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Questions remain as schools prepare for fall reopening

Limestone District School Board, the largest of four Kingston-area boards, is finalizing its reopening plans as September draws near. “We anticipate additional information coming our way next week from our medical health partners,” said Jane Douglas-Charanduk, Communications Specialist for LDSB. “By then, we may be able to provide an update

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ALCDSB school calendar released for 2020-2021

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board has released its calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. On June 30, 2020, school boards were asked to resubmit proposed school calendars for the 2020-2021 school year in order to accommodate additional criteria that was set by the Ministry of Education. This

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SLC: 20-25 per cent of student body may be on campus for fall 2020

St. Lawrence College (SLC) announced that planning for the 2020 fall term has begun and revealed some of those plans on Thursday, May 14, 2020. According to a press release from SLC, preliminary plans include offering “a mix of alternate delivery and in-person classes, with priority for on-campus delivery going to health sciences

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Suggestions for coping with teachers’ strikes

Editorial note: With the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)’s moving into Phase 6 Strike Action yesterday (Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020), and today being the second consecutive snow day this week, we thought today would be a great day to launch our 2020 Community Editorial Board, as one of the

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On guard for thee: Profile of a crossing guard

  School is winding down, and kids will be off for the summer, free from homework and tests for two months. For a successful school year, it takes a village of people to make it work. Every day, I drop my kids off at École Catholique Cathédrale before heading off

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Two local youths arrested after brandishing knives at school

Kingston Police have arrested and charged two teenagers after the pair were involved in a confrontation that involved knives in mid-December. Sometime during the week of December 10 to 14, 2018, the two youths confronted one another in a classroom at Frontenac Secondary School during the school day. The incident

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Construction of new high school draws concerns about tar fumes, won’t be complete for next school year

When Jennifer Kehoe brought her son home sick from school, she initially thought he was feigning illness. She’d been called to pick him up from Molly Brant Elementary six of the past 12 school days, but his nausea, headache, and sore throat seemed to go away within an hour of

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Kingstonist’s Wizard of Paws: Back to school… It’s not just for kids

It’s that time of year – back to school! While the kids are heading back and you may be relieved, your pets may be getting more amped up about the time they’ll be alone now that summer is over. Yes, we’re talking about separation anxiety. When you think about it,

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