The Ottawa Catholic School Board will start the school year on Thursday, Sept. 3. What remains to be seen is whether students will return five days a week.
Following a Thursday meeting of trustees, the board indicated its preference is for open full-time, with enhanced cleaning and hygiene.
“The decision about whether schools return to regular five-day in-person instruction will be made by the Ministry of Education in consultation with the provincial Ministry of Health,” the board said in a release. “The Minister of Education will make that decision in early August. The good news is that the data in the province and the Ottawa area are trending in the right direction.”
If the ministry decides not to open schools five days a week, the board will adopt a hybrid rotation of opening three days at school for one week, followed by two days at school the next week. In this adapted model, half of each class will attend school every Monday and Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays, while the other half will attend school every Thursday and Friday and alternate Wednesdays.