The classroom roll call is coming early and big as two London-area school boards try to nail down how many of their nearly 100,000 kids actually will show up for class this fall.
As the area public and Catholic school boards get ready for school next month for the first since the COVID-19 shutdown hit in March, they’re asking parents to report if their children will be there, information that will shape the boards’ return-to-school strategies.
“We’re very excited to be welcoming back our students to school, regardless of the model they select,” said Riley Culhane, associate education director at the 160-school, roughly 77,000-student Thames Valley District school board. “We’re doing all that we can to make it a safe and welcoming experience for all of our students and all of our staff.”
The London-area boards’ surveys come a week after the province announced its back-to-school plan for September. The plan, which calls for full-time classes for all elementary schools and some high schools, allows parents to decide whether to send their children to school or opt for full-time online learning instead.