Masks will not be mandatory in Ontario schools this fall: Department of Education


Ontario’s Department of Education has confirmed that Ontario students coming this September will not be required to wear masks.

In an emailed statement to the Epoch Times on Aug. 8, the department said most health and safety requirements for the fall semester, including voluntary use of masks, will not change from the end of the 2021-22 school year. says.

“School boards will continue to have access to rapid antigen testing used in accordance with state testing guidance,” the statement said.

also becomes a mask Available To students upon request.

Ontario Government ended the masking obligation On March 21st, in most settings, including schools.

July 25ththe Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technologyplan to catch upAn initiative to bring students back to classrooms in September with the latest health and safety measures, including improved school ventilation.

Education Minister Steven Lecce said in a statement to the Epoch Times on Monday, “Our government’s catch-up plan is designed to ensure that our students can spend their time in safe classrooms without disruption.

Since August 2020, the Ontario government has deployed more than 100,000 stand-alone HEPA filter units and other ventilation equipment, upgrading the school’s ventilation infrastructure with the best MERV-13 level filters, Lecce said. I’m here.

Isaac Theo

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Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based reporter for the Epoch Times.