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Ford asks experts to advise on safety of school reopening

While the decision rests with his government, Ford says he wants the experts' feedback until 5 p.m. on May 28

May 28, 2021  The Canadian Press

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is seeking experts’ advice on whether it’s safe to reopen schools for the last month of this academic year.

Ford has written to more than 50 public health agencies, hospitals and teacher unions today asking for their input on the contentious issue.

Many doctors and experts have called for the immediate reopening of schools, saying it’s very important for the children’s mental health.

Ford is asking for input on the safety of in-person learning, the risk posed by virus variants and whether an anticipated bump in COVID-19 cases is acceptable.

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He also asks whether one vaccine dose is sufficient to protect teachers and whether classes should resume before indoor gatherings are permitted in July.

Schools have been shut in Ontario since April amid a third wave of COVID-19 infections that has been steadily declining in recent weeks.

While the decision rests with his government, Ford says he wants the experts’ feedback until 5 p.m. on May 28.