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OCDSB chair says board will debate masking requirements in schools

In a special ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 15, trustees were sworn in to begin a new four-year term with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
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In a special ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 15, trustees were sworn in to begin a new four-year term with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). 

The OCDSB also a elected a chair and vice chair of the board of trustees along with trustee representatives for various committees and organizations for the 2022-2023 year. 

Lyra Evans, trustee for Rideau-Vanier/Rideau Rockcliffe was elected board chair, while Justine Bell, trustee for Somerset, was voted vice-chair of the board. 

The new board chair told The Sam Laprade Show on Nov. 16 that the board plans on debating whether or not masking requirements will be re-introduced at OCDSB schools across the capital. 

Evans said there are trustees that are in favour for a meeting that could take place as early as this Friday, Nov. 18 because they must be given at least 48 hours notice for a meeting to take place. 

"The school board needs to figure out what the impacts would be, whether it be on school closure rates, students in hospitals, students learning a second language," she said. 

Evans said she supports a masking requirement, because trustees have duties for the well-being and and educational needs for students. 

The goal, said Evans, is to have masking mandates in place as of Monday. Nov. 21, if trustees agree.

Listen to the full interview with Lyra Evans below:

 

 

 

 

 

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