Ontario extends $200/kid payout to high schoolers

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A program that provides families with at least $200 per child will be expanded to include high school students, Education Minister Stephen Lecce says.

The Support for Learners program provides direct funding to parents to help offset the cost of students learning online.

Following the winter holiday school break, Ontario elementary children will study virtually until Jan. 11 when they return to classrooms.

Secondary students in southern Ontario will study online until Jan. 25, while Northern Ontario high school kids return to in-person learning on Jan. 11.

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“The medical community has been clear — safe and open schools are critical for our children,” Lecce said Tuesday.

“That is why, following the holidays, we’re taking preventative and proactive action by pivoting to virtual learning at the front end of the school year to ensure we take no chances when it comes to your safety and the safety of your kids and to ensure your kids can carry on on in-class learning for the remainder of the school year.”


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The program is already accepting applications for elementary students and those with special needs — $200 per child up to age 12 and $250 per child or youth with special needs up to age 21.

Now, families can apply for $200 per child aged 13 to Grade 12, including students over the age of 18 who are in secondary school.

The application period of high school students is Jan. 11 to Feb. 8.

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The funds are available whether the child is in public or private school or is home-schooled.

Lecce said the program is part of $900 million in direct financial support to working families since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), tweeted that “to date Ford’s Support for Learners program has handed out more than $175 million in funding. These funds should have been used to reduce class sizes, increasing physical distancing!”

Application information can be found on the government website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners


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