About 12 per cent of Lambton students will learn from home

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Smaller than average class sizes expected in Lambton’s Catholic schools

The St. Clair District Catholic School Board says 12 per cent of elementary students and 13 per cent of high school students will learn from home this school year.

The board released the figures Friday in a newsletter released to parents Friday.

The newsletter says the enrollment, staffing and time tables have yet to be finalized with just days before the first students walk through the doors of local schools.

One of the top concerns among parents and teachers as children head back to school in a pandemic is physical distancing. Provincial health officials have long said there should be six feet between people but the province has allowed desks to be three feet apart.

And there were concerns about class sizes.

Officials say kindergarten classes will on average have about 21 students. Primary grades will have about 18 students.

Classes up to Grade 8 will have about 22 students and high school classes will have about 20 students in the average high school classes.

The Catholic Board has created a new online elementary and secondary school for the 2020-2021 school year. Those students begin classes Sept. 14.