‘No plans’ to close schools for special needs students: Ontario

The Ontario government says it’s not closing residential schools for special needs students, but won’t say if that is a permanent decision.

Parents and staff protested after the government halted admissions for this fall while it consulted on the future of the schools in Belleville, Milton, Ottawa and London for students who are deaf, blind or have severe learning disabilities.

The government said in a news release on Monday that “over the coming year” it will keep all provincial and demonstration schools open.

When asked whether that meant permanently or just for the upcoming school year, a spokeswoman would only say there are no plans to close the schools.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the province should commit to keeping the schools open in the long term to put parents’ minds at ease.

The Canadian Press

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