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School bus drivers ask for COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of start of new year

Coronavirus information The Zero Canada Project provides resources to help you make the most of staying home. Visit the hub TORONTO The Canadian Press Published August 25, 2020 Updated August 25, 2020 Getting audio file … Audio for this article is not available at this time. This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy. Full Disclaimer Some school bus drivers say they have not received COVID-19 safety protocols with just weeks to go before the start of class. The drivers, who are represented by Unifor, will hold a news conference this morning to discuss their request for information on safety measures on their vehicles. Is Canada is ready to open schools?: André Picard on what parents need to know about schools reopening The union says many of its drivers are senior citizens and are more vulnerable to the virus. Ontario released a school reopening plan weeks ago which will see students return to class in early September. School boards have been given permission to stagger the start of classes over the first two weeks of the academic year if they need more time to prepare. Teachers’ unions and parents have expressed concern that the Ontario government’s approach has not done enough to lower class sizes and encourage physical distancing. Globe health columnist André Picard and senior editor Nicole MacIntyre discuss the many issues surrounding sending kids back to school. André says moving forward isn’t about there being no COVID-19 cases, but limiting their number and severity through distancing, smaller classes, masks and good hygiene. The Globe and Mail Sign up for the Coronavirus Update newsletter to read the day’s essential coronavirus news, features and explainers written by Globe reporters and editors.

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