Media Coverage

These links are to articles and videos in the media about smaller class sizes and safely returning to schools.

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The Other Epidemic in Toronto’s Schools
The Local, November 23, 2020

Ontario could hit 6,500 new COVID-19 cases daily by mid-December without further action, modelling shows
CBC News, November 12, 2020

How Frustrated Parents are Taking School Safety in Their own Hands
The Pointer, Brampton Mississauga, October 30, 2020

Parent groups launch consultation on Ontario’s coronavirus pandemic education plan
Global News, October 29, 2020

Parents call on Ford government to revamp school safety measures
City News, October 29, 2020

Frustrating and demoralizing’: Education groups launch public survey on Ontario school plan
Brampton Guardian, October 29, 2020

COVID-19 testing ‘disaster’ leaves trail of frustration in city’s hard-hit northwest corner
Toronto Star, October 21, 2020

‘Double duty.’ Educators find themselves teaching in-class and online at same time
Toronto Star, October 12, 2020

Toronto is howling for help. And Doug Ford is saying, we don’t believe you, wait
Toronto Star, October 5, 2020

More than 10 per cent of COVID-19 tests are coming back positive in some pockets of Toronto
Toronto Star, October 6, 2020

‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul’: An analysis shows Ontario’s trumpeted $1.3B back-to-school plan is all about muddy math
Toronto Star, October 4, 2020

Toronto suspends contact tracing outside outbreak settings to focus on isolating confirmed cases
The Globe and Mail, October 3, 2020

Many experts advised Ontario for months to boost COVID testing capacity. Sources say they just didn’t want to spend the money
Toronto Star, October 3, 2020

Teaching in-person and virtual students at once? It’s an instructional nightmare, some educators say
Chalkbeat, October 1, 2020

No more politics. Scientific leadership urgently needed as second wave emerges
Healthy Debates, September 25, 2020

Her kid had a stuffy nose. Now hers is one of many Ontario families in COVID-19 testing limbo
Toronto Star, September 23, 2020

Some TDSB elementary remote learners left with independent work as board scrambles for teachers
The Globe and Mail, September, 21, 2020

‘It’s quite concerning’: A combined kindergarten class of 27 students has this Orangeville family questioning COVID-19 school safety
Orangeville Banner (, September 21, 2020

Ontario wasn’t ready for the COVID-19 testing surge, even though it was entirely predictable
National Post, September 19, 2020

Concerns over COVID-19 childcare guidelines
City TV, Breakfast Television, September 18, 2020

‘We’re playing pandemic roulette with our children.’ After all the province’s promises, parents shocked to see some class sizes are bigger than ever
The Toronto Star, September 17, 2020

Ontario families living in more racialized neighbourhoods less likely to send children back into classroom, Globe analysis finds
The Globe and Mail, September 17, 2020

Pembroke, Ont. high school first in Ontario to close after COVID-19 cases
CTV News, Ottawa, September 16, 2020

COVID Cases Are Up. Why Won’t Ontario’s Government Mandate Smaller Classes?
Chatelaine, September 15, 2020

‘Safer than being inside’: Outdoor classrooms taking shape in Toronto amid COVID-19
CBC News, September 12, 2020

As wealthy parents turn to learning pods and private schools, low-income families say they’re being forced to choose between their health and their kids’ education
The Toronto Star, September 12, 2020

Mother of child with disability sounds alarm over growing class size
City News Toronto, September 11, 2020

School bus routes cancelled across Ontario as COVID-19 worsens driver shortage
Windsor Star, September 9, 2020

TDSB librarian talks about what students lose when school libraries become isolation rooms
Metro Morning with Ismaila Alfa, September 9, 2020

Toronto’s Rich Neighbourhoods Opt for In-Person School
Medium, September 9, 2020

Back-to-school during COVID-19: A survival guide
North Bay Nugget, September 7, 2020

There’s a feasible, affordable solution to make class sizes smaller
The Toronto Star, September 6, 2020

Rural families given little choice when it comes to schooling, parents say
CBC News Ottawa, September 5, 2020

How race, income and ‘opportunity hoarding’ will shape Canada’s back-to-school season
The Globe and Mail, September 5, 2020

Deaf-blind and becoming a lawyer: Educating disabled children | Marvin Zuker (Part 1)
The Lawyer’s Daily, September 4, 2020
Deaf-blind, becoming a lawyer: Education considerations during COVID-19 | Marvin Zuker (Part 2)
The Lawyer’s Daily, September 8, 2020

Prescribing Best Practices For Ontario Schools
TVO, September 3, 2020

School is about to start in Ontario and we still don’t have a safe reopening plan
Today’s Parent, September 3, 2020

The government’s school-reopening plan ignores kids with disabilities, say critics
TVO, September 2, 2020

My three kids are going back into classrooms. As a parent with asthma and a heart condition, I’m afraid it may kill me
Toronto Star, September 2, 2020

Teachers sound alarm over classroom physical distancing concerns
CityNews, September 1, 2020

Parents, educators, medical experts rally for smaller class sizes at government’s doorstep
CTV News, September 1, 2020

As enrolment drops, schools are combining classes raising fears they will get larger
Toronto Star, September 1, 2020

‘There’s no consistency’: Parents and drivers give Ontario’s busing plan a failing grade
TVO, September 1, 2020

Ontario’s school boards will need to ‘collapse’ some classes, trustees group says
CBC News, September 1, 2020

Safe return to school hinges on physical distancing, York coalition urges
Newmarket Today, September 1, 2020

The fight for smaller class sizes in Ontario schools
NOW Magazine, September 1, 2020

The Push For Smaller Class Sizes Continues
CTV News Ottawa, September 1, 2020

Ont. teachers’ unions file labour board complaint
(featuring Ontario SAFE’s Smaller is Safer video)
CTV News, August 31, 2020

Parents protest back to school plan
CTV News Ottawa, August 31, 2020

Doug Ford has done everything to make schools safe, according to Doug Ford (everything but reduce class sizes)
Toronto Star, August 31, 2020

We Can’t Blame Parents For Pulling Kids From Public Schools, But The Impact Will Be Huge
Romper, August 28, 2020

Grade 6 Niagara Falls student reaches over 1,500 signatures on petition to lower class sizes
CBC News, August 28, 2020

New Money to Help Reopen Schools
CTV Ottawa Morning Live, August 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Ontario nurses call for smaller class sizes, use of masks in schools
Global News, August 24, 2020

Bigger class could mean up to five times the COVID-19 infections, Canadian study suggests
National Post, August 22, 2020

Normal class sizes could result in five times more COVID-19 cases in students, study finds
CTV Kitchener, August 21, 2020

Growing calls for smaller classroom sizes in Ontario
Global News Morning, August 12, 2020

More than 220,000 Ontarians sign petition urging Province to reconsider plan to reopen schools
InTheHammer, August 13, 2020

Growing calls for smaller classroom sizes in Ontario
Global News Morning, August 12, 2020

Growing petition against Ontario’s back-to-school plan
CTV Ottawa Morning Live, August 11, 2020

Concerns over back-to-school class sizes continue
CityNews, August 10, 2020

Concern over Ontario’s back-to-school plan
CBC News Network, August 8, 2020

Class sizes vital to curbing spread of COVID-19 in schools, SickKids experts say
Toronto Star, August 7, 2020

Toronto Public Health urges city’s largest school board to keep class sizes down
CBC News, August 7, 2020

Demand for smaller classes a major issue as Ontario kids head back to school
Ottawa Citizen, August 7, 2020

Petition over classroom sizes, Kelly Iggers started the petition and joins the Bill Kelly Show
Global News Radio, August 5, 2020

Toronto teacher-librarian launches petition calling for smaller class sizes when schools reopen in September
CBC News, August 5, 2020

Petition calls on Ontario to reduce class sizes
Global News, August 5, 2020

157 000 signataires d’une pétition pour des cohortes réduites pour la rentrée en Ontario
Radio-Canada, Publié le 5 août 2020

TDSB chair says Ontario’s move to keep elementary classes the same size is ‘concerning’
CP24, August 4, 2020

Thousands sign petition asking Ontario to reduce class sizes for elementary school students this fall
The Toronto Star, August 3, 2020

Transmission trouble: Statistician concerned over back-to-school plan
CBC News, August 1, 2020

Back to school: About a dozen countries have returned kids to classrooms. What Canada can learn from them
National Post, July 25, 2020

The Science of School Reopenings
New York Times, July 22, 2020

What the U.S. Can Learn From Other Countries About Reopening Schools in a Coronavirus Pandemic
TIME, July 20, 2020