Ontario says it will allow students in teacher training programs to fill supply positions this year.
The province says it is making a temporary change to its teacher certification program to address teacher shortages and absenteeism due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have to be creative,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said on Monday. “This is an important step that will benefit students in schools across the province and provide valuable work experience for future leaders in our education system.
Teaching candidates must be enrolled in an ongoing program and have successfully completed part of it.
They must also be scheduled to complete the program by December 31, 2021.
The province says the temporary certificate changes will expire at the end of the year.
He hopes the changes will mean up to 2,000 additional substitute teachers will be available for positions across the province.
Lecce added that the province will provide masks for students in Grades 1 to 3 after making mask use mandatory for those years.
“We have already bought 3.5 million masks … school boards have them.”
What about the Minister of Education’s spring break? He says parents will be given “sufficient notice” of this decision.
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