A pair of Mississauga high schools will teach classes virtually on September 20, while the buildings are used as polling stations for the federal election.
In a statement to Granthshala, the Peel District School Board confirmed that Stephen Lewis Secondary School and John Fraser Secondary School will be used as polling stations and classes will be taught virtually for the day.
“To help reduce the number of people onsite at each school and to help keep students and staff safe, all classes at Stephen Lewis and John Fraser Secondary Schools on Monday are transitioning to online learning within the community learning model for the entire school day. will be transferred. , September 20, 2021”
The Ontario Parent Action Network took to Twitter to express its displeasure over the decision.
we learned last night that @peeleschool has forced the students and staff of 2 of its high schools to go remotely – online – on Election Day, while giving those schools to voting adults.
ON Schools have been closed for in-person learning for 26 weeks. The baby is back in a week????
— Ontario Parent Action Network (@parentaction4ed) September 15, 2021
The Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board says its trustees have approved changes to the school’s schedule, changing the PA day from Friday, September 17 to Monday, September 20, using many of its elementary schools as polling stations. can go.
“By doing this, we do not need to take additional measures in primary schools on election day. However, we will ensure that there is physical separation between onsite school staff and voters,” a spokesperson for the board said.
In Toronto, the TDSB says about 120 of their schools will be used as polling stations, although individual classes will not be affected.
“We have reviewed a request submitted by Elections Canada, and based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario and a thorough review of all school floor plans, only those schools (primarily middle and high schools) who have direct access to the gymnasium or the outer door immediately adjacent to the gymnasium. All health and safety precautions shall be observed. To assist in directing voters and to ensure that they enter the designated polling area Stay tuned, security has been requested at every place.”
The Toronto Catholic District School Board voted against the use of its schools for federal voting during a special meeting in August.