Ottawa-Carleton School Board to discuss mask mandate
by The Canadian Parvasi
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is scheduled to host a special meeting to discuss a temporary mask mandate amid the flu epidemic and healthcare crisis.
Dr Nili Kaplan-Myrth, a trustee of the board, motioned for mandatory masking in schools during all activities except sports or the performing arts.
The motion comes as Canada’s healthcare struggles with a healthcare crisis due to the extreme influx in levels of RSV, Flu, and Covid-19. Reports also suggest that children and early teenagers are the worst affected by the epidemic.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, alongside other top doctors, has also reiterated the need to mask up indoors and be up to date on vaccines.
it is pertinent to note that Ontario’s Ministry of Health states that only the Chief Medical Officer of Health or the Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has the power to enforce a mask mandate, not a school board.