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Ontario to require virtual learning option for next school year

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario government is going to once again require school boards to offer virtual learning, as an option for students in the 2022/2023 school year.

During a funding announcement press conference, on Thursday, February 17th, Education Minister Stephen Lecce explained the virtual learning option has been seen as a strength in the school system by some parents.

“There are roughly 150,000 [students] this year [who] exercised that choice. What I’ve heard from their parents and some educators who are involved in virtual learning is, [it] is a strength for that strong minority of children. So, we’re going to continue to offer it,” Minister Lecce said. However, the education minister stressed the government’s “commitment is to keep children in school.”

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