Ontario’s elementary students and many high schoolers will return to traditional classrooms full time in September, the provincial government announced Thursday.

Elementary students will return to class on a full-time basis come September, while secondary school students in designated school boards will split their schooling between in-class and online.

Premier Doug Ford and education minister Stephen Lecce announced the province’s return to school plans on July 30, outlining the new normal when it comes to learning.

“We won’t take any risks when it comes to our kids,” said Ford. “This plan puts the health and safety of our kids first.”

While secondary students in designated school boards – most of which are in Southern Ontario — will open on an adapted model with class cohorts of approximately 15 students, attending on alternate days, or alternate schedules that would represent in person attendance for at least 50 per cent of instructional days.

Sudbury’s school boards — Rainbow District School Board, Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Public du Grand Nord and Conseil Catholique Nouvelon — have all been classified as non-designated.

Secondary schools in non-designated school boards will be permitted to open with daily attendance by students. Secondary schools in these boards typically have smaller enrolment.

For the full story, head to Sudbury.com