Ontario teacher sounds alarm as 30-plus students pack into classroom during pandemic

September 9, 2020
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James Griffith would normally be excited to begin the fall semester with his Grade 12 students in Kingston, Ont. But this back-to-school season isn't like anything the high school teacher has seen before.

Across Canada, provinces and school boards have grappled with how to bring students back, while keeping them safe during an ongoing pandemic.

Some school boards in Ontario, many in larger urban centres, have been designated by the provincial government to reduce class sizes to 15 students with time split between in-class and at-home instruction.

But Frontenac Secondary School, where Griffith teaches, is in the smaller Limestone District School Board, which is non-designated. That means full-time attendance in addition to "enhanced health and safety protocols," according to the province's website.

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