Ontario leads the country in COVID
Photo by Julie Oliver /Postmedia Article content Ontario has closed schools for more weeks than any other jurisdiction in Canada during the pandemic, says a new study that summarizes the harm to children from disruptions in their schooling caused by COVID 19.
Ontario schools were closed for a total of 20 weeks from March 14, 2020 to May 15, 2021, the study found. The data doesn’t include regional school closures.
Second place is shared by Prince Edward Island, which closed all schools for 19 weeks hermes mens sandals replica
during that time period, and Alberta, where secondary schools were closed for 19 weeks.
Quebec had the fewest closures, a total of eight weeks for both elementary and secondary schools.
Weeks of province wide school closures between March 14, 2020 and May 15, 2021. Does not include regional or partial school closures. SOURCE: COVID 19 and Educational Disruption in Ontario: Emerging Evidence on Impacts, by Kelly Gallagher Mackay, Prachi Srivastava, Kathryn Underwood, Elizabeth Dhuey, Lance McCready, Karen Born, Antonina Maltsev, Anna Perkhun, Robert Steiner, Kali Barrett, and Beate Sander, Law and Society Faculty Publications. CREDIT: chart by The study was commissioned for the Ontario COVID 19 science table and conducted by academics at Wilfrid Laurier, Western and Ryerson universities and the University of Toronto.
Article content However, drawing on research from Canada and internationally, the report draws a picture of children falling behind academically, struggling with their mental health, feeling isolated, losing social connections that help keep them engaged in school, and in some cases being less safe, since cases of abuse are often detected by teachers.”The length of school closures impacts academic achievement and learning.”Story continues below
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Article content And while children still study online or remotely at home when schools are closed, that is not the same as in person classes, the researchers said.
“There is widespread consensus from families, educators, and children themselves that students learn better in person than online, and that access to online learning is a challenge for many due to technical, economic, or other barriers.”.