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On Friday, the Toronto District School Board sent an email to families saying even though it has been a challenging year, virtual plans have already been set, and money spent, and “there is very limited time to plan in-person events of this size.” /3…
Kirsten Kelly, spokesperson for the @OSTAAECO, said student trustees across the province were disappointed to learn that in-person celebrations weren’t possible after lobbying for them. /4…
Ford’s announcement “gave students a false sense of hope,” said @KirstenBKelly.

Ontario students have missed out on 23 weeks of in-person learning since the pandemic began in March 2020, the most of any in the country. /5…

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