Ontario's decision not to reopen schools pits children against the economy
The Ontario government announced yesterday that students will not return to in-class learning before September, meanwhile plans to reopen the economy – including non-essential businesses – are still underway.
Children First Canada calls upon the Ontario government to make children and youth a priority and reopen schools. Children need access to in-person learning not only for their education, but also nutritional programs, physical activity, social and emotional support, and safeguards against abuse that they desperately need.
On May 29, the Ontario Science Table issued a joint statement with the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (on behalf of all Medical Officers of Health), children’s hospitals and child health agencies calling for a regional reopening of schools. Yesterday’s decision to keep schools closed but reopen non-essential businesses ignores that advice and sends a clear message that children are not a priority.
“It is a false dichotomy to pit children against the economy. The decision to keep schools closed represents a colossal failure that jeopardizes the health and well-being of the children and youth who call Ontario home,” says Sara Austin, founder and CEO of Children First Canada.
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