Jay Aspin, chair of the Near North District School Board (NNDSB) is confident that students are safe at school despite the provincial stay-at-home order. 

“The health and safety of our students is number one,” Aspin said. “We’re following the health guidelines to a T in northern Ontario. We can go back because our numbers are relatively reasonable in northern Ontario.”

Schools in northern Ontario were permitted to resume in-person learning despite students from the southern parts of the province learning from home for the next month. 

Aspin says he’s an advocate for students doing in-person learning. 

“The protocols are followed so closely that we’ve had a good record in terms of in-school learning,” he said. “For their own mental and emotional development, it’s better that they be in school.”

Aspin added the fact vaccines will be made available to educators and teachers in Phase 2 of the province’s vaccine rollout is “a good thing”.