Communities across Ontario will welcome the reopening of schools, for all kinds of reasons, including the positive impact they have well beyond the classroom.
By Steve Brearton
A section by Steve Brearton titled By the Numbers: Year at a Glance shows facts and figures about the positive impact that communities have well beyond the classroom. It is divided into three sections.
The first section is titled With the Program and says that 65% of Ontario parents in a 2018 survey agreed that their children's school engages with the broader community. Beneath that is a bar graph showing programming at schools engaged in community initiatives across the province. It displays the following information: health or social services: 9% elementary and 21% secondary, child-care and family resource centres: 65% elementary and 25% secondary, sports and recreational programs: 85% elementary and 93% secondary, and arts: 5% elementary and 19% secondary.
The second section is titled Working Relationships and shows the percentage of Ontario schools in 2018 with community liasion staff responsible for promoting school events and linking students and families to information and services. The pie chart shows 19% for elementary and 18% for secondary. The third section is titled Open Doors and says that there were 220 elementary and secondary schools in 38 school boards across Ontario that make their facilities accessible for not-for-profit groups to offer free or affordable community programs.
Sources: Ontario Ministry of Education 2020, Ophea 2018, People for Education 2017.
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