I’m among the ranks of Ontario parents weighing whether it’s safe to send a child back to school in our new pandemic world.
Mind you, I have little skin left in the game. Our youngest is in Grade 12 and prepared for the designated hybrid model that balances in-class instruction with 15 students and online work.
For thousands of other parents, teachers and students, especially those outside of London, the decision of in-school or online learning must be agonizing.
Elementary school classes are full size. Grade 4 and up will be required to wear masks. School for the little munchkins picks up where we left off in mid-March.
For boards in health units with lower population densities, like Huron-Perth, Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent, it’s back to secondary school as normal, but with face masks.
So, let’s turn to Ryan Imgrund, a York Region biostatistician who happens to be a high school science teacher. Imgrund worked for Public Health Canada before heading into the classroom. He continued to dabble in stats and, when the pandemic started, he discovered he was in demand.