STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - SEPTEMBER 16: Teacher Elizabeth DeSantis, wearing a mask and face shield, helps a first grader during reading class at Stark Elementary School on September 16, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. Most students at Stamford Public Schools are taking part in a hybrid education model, where they attend in-school classes every other day and distance learn the rest. About 20 percent of students in the school district, however, are enrolled in the distance learning option due to coronavirus concerns. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, today, announced the second instalment of the Safe Return to Class Fund of up to $1 billion for the provinces and territories,

This can be used for a variety of measures, such as supporting adapted learning spaces and remote learning, improving air ventilation, increasing hand sanitation and hygiene, purchasing personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, and providing health and safety training for staff.

“School is so important for kids’ ability to learn and grow,” Trudeau said. “We must make sure that our children are learning in a safe environment, and that teachers are safe on the job. Our government will continue to ensure that provinces and territories can make decisions based of public health advice, not budget limitations, as we work together to keep students, teachers, staff, and families healthy and safe during this unprecedented school year.”

Provinces and territories will continue working alongside local school boards and administering the funding, to ensure the safety of students and staff members during the pandemic.

On August 26, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced up to $2 billion in funding to support provinces and territories in their efforts to ensure a safe return to school, through the Safe Return to Class Fund. A first instalment of $1 billion was provided to provinces and territories in September 2020.

The funding by province and territory is allocated based on the number of children aged between 4 and 18 years old, with a $2 million base amount provided to each jurisdiction.


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