"Ashland School District is monitoring local data closely".
At this time, the decision to go off-site only pertains to 4th grade and above.
The province goes on to say Grade 4 to 12 students will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks while kindergarten to grade 3 students will be encouraged but not required to wear masks.
The province is also putting a number of other guidelines in place to ensure student safety, including no sharing of food or school supplies and turning off water fountains if they can't be cleaned between uses or are not touchless. Lunches and recesses will be staggered and teachers will move across classrooms instead of students, to limit the number of people gathering in hallways and schoolyards.
In the classroom, students will be spaced out every 6 feet when possible.
School officials said that they hope the county's numbers will improve over time to allow a return to on-site learning for all students. The province noted that secondary schools in these boards "typically have small enrollment".
Many students in kindergarten to Grade 8 will be in cohorts of up to 75 students.
Moorhead Area Public Schools told us they're working on a plan for fall, and getting feedback from parents and teachers. Parents are also asked to pick up or drop off students at school or have them walk to school.
Because students and staff will be encouraged to stay home whenever sick, the province expects a higher absenteeism rate than normal, Goertzen said.
Last month, Goertzen said there will be less capacity on school buses when students return, meaning schools will rely "heavily" on parents to transport their kids to class.
"I am making the recommendation that we open the school year with remote instruction for all students with a plan to phase in students to in-person learning as soon as possible, starting with students with the highest needs", said Deiter. They'll be ready to announce it by August 18th.
COVID-19 prevention efforts will be measured in levels.
According to the government, any student or staff member who develop COVID-19 symptoms will be immediately separated from others. The health department will conduct contact tracing and classrooms will be disinfected.
Remote learning will also be offered by school divisions for students who can't return to class for medical reasons.
The Ontario government said $309 million in new funding will help assist the safe reopening of schools.