Incremental Funding Support for Kenora-Rainy River School Boards

Published on September 04, 2020

Ontario Government Funding Safe Reopening of Schools in Kenora–Rainy River

Targeted funding for additional teachers, custodians and cleaning to keep kids safe

 KENORA  Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River joined the Director of Education for the Keewatin Patricia District School Board to announce the details of funding the Ontario Government has provided to keep students, teachers and partners safe this school year.

 “It’s critical parents across Northwestern Ontario know that our government has spared no expense to ensure the health and safety of our students and teachers,” said MPP Greg Rickford. “Our reopening plan is leading the country; developed in close consultation with leading medical and paediatric experts to ensure our kids can return to school with confidence this September.”

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) will receive the following funding: 

· $104,249 for Additional Custodial Staffing Supports

· $31,098 for Health and Safety Training for Occasional Teachers and Casual Education Workers

· $71,778 for Additional Support for Special Education

· $211,352 for Additional Mental Health Support

· $50,000 for Technology resulting in an estimated 100 devices

· $10,633 for Enhanced Cleaning Supports

· Totalling $479,110 in support for KPDSB

“We appreciate the investments that have supported our return to learn plans,” Sherri-Lynne Pharand, Director of Education, Keewatin Patricia District School Board. “These investments have allowed us to support families who chose either bricks and mortar or virtual learning, to support health and safety training and PPE for all staff, including our casual staff and to work with First Nation community partners.  We are excited to welcome our students to return to learn!”

Schools in the Rainy River District School Board will receive the following funding:

· $60,000 for Additional Custodial Staffing Supports

· $16,969 for Health and Safety Training for Occasional Teachers and Casual Education Workers

· $66,041 for Additional Support for Special Education

· $205,822 for Additional Mental Health Support

· $50,000 for Technology resulting in an estimated 100 devices

· $6,616 for Enhanced Cleaning Supports

· Totaling $405,448 for Rainy River DSB

“This targeted funding assists the Rainy River District School Board in safely reopening its schools and welcoming back its students and staff for the 2020-21 school year,” said Heather Campbell, Director of Education, Rainy River District School Board. “We are appreciative of this funding, which allows for further supports for our students’ mental health and well-being, staff training, technology resources, and enhanced school cleaning, as well as other health and safety measures, all aimed at meeting the unique needs associated with reopening our schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.”


The Northwest Catholic District School Board will receive the following funding:

 · $60,000 for Additional Custodial Staffing Supports

· $8,051 for Health and Safety Training for Occasional Teachers and Casual Education Workers

· $63,351 for Additional Support for Special Education

· $203,230 for Additional Mental Health Support

· $50,000 for Technology resulting in an estimated 100 devices

· $4,766 for Enhanced Cleaning Supports

· Total of $389,398 for Northwest Catholic DSB

 “The Northwest Catholic District School Board appreciates the additional funding provided to support a safe return to school, said Brendan Hyatt, Director of Education, Northwest Catholic District School Board. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Education to support all our students to reach their full potential.”

 And the Kenora Catholic District School Board will receive the following funding:

· $60,000 for Additional Custodial Staffing Supports

· $9,451 for Health and Safety Training for Occasional Teachers and Casual Education Workers

· $63,571 for Additional Support for Special Education

· $203,442 for Additional Mental Health Support

· $50,000 for Technology resulting in an estimated 100 devices

· $4,886 for Enhanced Cleaning Supports

· Total of $391,350 for Kenora Catholic DSB

“The entire Kenora Catholic community is grateful to the Ministry of Education for the financial support in ensuring a safe return to school. The additional funding will allow us to hire more teachers to keep class sizes as small as possible, as well as additional custodians to carry out the enhanced cleaning protocols.  We are also using the funding to hire administrative staff to support students who are learning remotely in our elementary and secondary virtual learning schools. We know this school year will be filled with countless moments of faith, joy and a sense of community because we are able to open our schools (in-person and virtually) and learn together. At Kenora Catholic, we are committed to giving this school year every opportunity to be as amazing as years past,” said Dr. Derek Haime, Director of Education, Kenora Catholic District School Board.

More Information

 

· The Ontario Government has invested $913 million in the province’s back-to-school plan, with an additional $381 million investment from the Federal government.

· In August, the province also released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools, a guide developed in consultation with public health experts to help schools identify and isolate COVID-19 cases, reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, and prevent and minimize outbreaks.

· The full guide to reopening Ontario’s schools is available here.