Mask discussion denied at WRDSB meeting

By Mark Pare

With many school boards in Ontario discussing mask mandates (some are even voting to reimplement them), the Waterloo Region District School Board will not be entertaining the debate for the time being.

Trustee Jayne Herring was attempting to put the latest risk assessment briefing on the table for discussion in the meeting, but didn't get enough support.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board will look to vote on masking Tuesday, while boards in the Hamilton and Halton districts plan to debate the issue as well.

During Monday's press conference, the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore, said it isn't necessary.

“There's been no significant rise in the risk of children in the intensive care unit,” he said.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce also stated during Question Period on Monday there are other measures in schools in place, like seven million rapid tests per month, free PPE and another 40,000 HEPA filter units are being put in province-wide.

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