Stephen Lecce

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Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I just don't want to increase the anxiety of our students," External link

CBC Monday, October 19, 2020 10:12:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

globalnews Monday, October 19, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Ontario English ) : “For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority. It did not serve our students well, in fact it undermined the quality of teaching,” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority and that did not serve our students well. In fact, it undermined the quality of teaching in many cases," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our classrooms simply do not reflect our province, and that is a problem,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, October 16, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “Thousands of educators continue to be hired. To keep our schools safe, we need to give our principals the latitude to get it done,” “We have an issue with supply. We cannot find teachers. Some schools have had to send in non-qualified educators to essentially watch the class. We cannot allow that to happen” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

ctvnews Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

barrie Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’m very happy to celebrate 109 years of the National Day of Taiwan and our shared values and our enduring relationship underpinned by freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our priority as we enter the flu season is to ensure our schools take every preventative measure possible to ensure students and staff remain safe," External link

mondaq Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're going to be looking at how we can improve the safety of children so that there's no more examples, so that there's no more victims," "Especially for the young man cited in Hamilton and for so many others in the province that feel isolated as a consequence of not having those supports in place" External link

CBC Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we had that flexibility built in, we could bundle the prep time, we could start it earlier, at the end of the day, thus relieving the home room teacher to take their prep time. This could have been avoided,” External link

680news Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Now we know the flu season, the second wave is upon us,” “This province is ready to bolster our planning, and to strengthen safety in those targeted schools” External link

barrie Monday, October 5, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have an obligation to our young people, to our society, to our working parents, to the mental health of our kids to keep them in school,” External link

680news Monday, October 5, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We will look to refine our systems and practices to make sure it is evidence informed and ultimately reflects the reality on the ground," External link

barrie Friday, September 25, 2020 1:54:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and seek public health advice,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents deserve to know what we know,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, September 11, 2020 10:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is the most cautious, safe and comprehensive in the country, fully funded and fully informed by leading medical leaders to ensure we reduce the risk, support positive mental health, and improve the safety of all students and staff," External link

mondaq Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If we continue to follow public health advice ... I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

timescolonist Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we continue to follow public health advice … I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "The singular concern I am noting is that increasing number of cases in our community," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "There's a few variables public health officials and the (Chief Medical Officer of Health) would consider in that respect," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have focused on ensuring that the schools on the ground have the full complement of resources, of PPE [personal protective equipment], hand sanitizer. They are what’s called intensely staffed. Meaning more custodial cleaning, more staffing, more distancing,” External link

cp24 Monday, September 7, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Anything that is not easy to disinfect, easy to wipe, has been removed, most educators have already done that, and that’s based on the health and safety protocol really trying to minimize transmission,” External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

CBC Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

ctvnews Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “what we can guarantee is that every school board, who is the one who’s delivering education in the province, every school board has the resources to ensure distancing” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every school year there are timetabling issues,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is investing up to $1 billion in new money to ensure that school boards have the ability to increase distancing, and look to innovative options, including using outdoor spaces… (and) the province will continue to give school boards those resources,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The difference this year is that it's happened a bit earlier because we want to make sure we are ready for September," "And we don't have parents walking in with children, to the extent possible, in September. We really want to mitigate that for the purposes of contact management and tracing and to ensure distancing" External link

CBC Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “I know many provinces around the country, some of them have staggered or delayed their starts (to the school year). We’re able to, next week, start to reopen schools safely with a plan that has been fully supported and endorsed by the Chief Officer Medical of Health” External link

680news Monday, August 31, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

CBC Friday, August 28, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 28, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

cp24 Friday, August 28, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These jobs played an essential role keeping the provincial economy running, and they pay well,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 28, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home, and I know that's going to be challenging," External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "In the area of ventilation the province recently announced an additional $50 million," "On an annual basis, every single year, under this government we're allocating $1.4 billion in maintenance and renewal funding" External link

CBC Thursday, August 27, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home and I know that’s going to be challenging" External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Ontario’s investments lead the nation in supporting priorities like more cleaning, physical distancing, testing, and hiring of staff to ensure a safe reopening of our schools this September,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Thursday, August 27, 2020 2:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re also providing $50 million dollars to respond to the second wave and/or the flu pandemic, having an immediate ability of the province to respond to school boards’ needs with money and resources when those challenges arrive,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : "We all just want to ensure we follow the public health advice and give the school board those additional few days to get it right," External link

barrie Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been very clear, we will be there,” “We have procured masks...we have provided that funding for them and we will continue to be there for them, for our bus drivers, for our schools, educators and staff” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “And we’ve actually told boards, we’ve signaled to boards well before we announced the $50 million for ventilation, to get going and get their HVAC systems upgraded with the best mobile filtration units for those portables required for those older classrooms…,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:30:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

cknw Friday, August 21, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 21, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have put the money in place $40 million for just one year. A one-time investment for the coming year to make sure buses are constantly cleaned and the points of contact are constantly cleaned,” External link

barrie Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community," External link

CBC Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : "What we are asking unions to do is provide maximum flexibility for boards to enable them to teach a child for the entire duration of the day," External link

mondaq Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:55:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We want all of that time to be used, to the extent humanely possible for learning. And we think parents expect that. And we stand with them on that,” External link

barrie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, August 17, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," "Kids in Grade 1 to 12 must receive a minimum of 75 per cent of live, synchronous learning each day" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "We put a $40 million, one-time investment to make sure buses are constantly cleaned so we reduce any risk to families and to their children," External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says ( about David Walliams ) : "Dr. David Williams has fully endorsed the plan to re-open schools," "Together as province we will overcome the challenge and kids will be in school" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These are the rainy day funds,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “When combined with previous announcements over the past few weeks, school boards will be able to access over $900 million in funding this year,” “This is in addition to the increases in Grants for Student Needs” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : “This funding can be applied to local priorities of each board, based on the immediate needs on the ground to prepare for the start of school,” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are taking action to ensure live, synchronous learning is improved, providing parents with consistency and a timetable to mirror the in-class experience,” “In order for remote learning to be successful, we are urging unions to embrace this form of learning that parents expect and students deserve” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’ll work with boards if they think they need a tad more time,” “There’s an overall broader imperative to get the kids back into class – we know for their wellness and their development and their mental health – but we’re going to be flexible, we’re going to be reasonable, we’re going to be evidence-based” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 9:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

simcoe Friday, August 14, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," External link

barrie Friday, August 14, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 14, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Friday, August 14, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is a living document. It is responding to needs on the ground," External link

CBC Friday, August 14, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re doing everything we can to follow the evidence, the science and the emerging advice of our public health agencies, to put in layers of prevention,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is leading in virtually every element,” External link

ottawacitizen Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “We’ve already provided guidance to school boards in the context of using the full footprint of their schools — their gymnasiums and cafeterias” “Ultimately, we’ve encouraged them to be innovative and look for solutions within the context of utilizing spaces in their schools and many of them are doing that as we speak,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put funding in place to enable more hiring. We encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that," External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The plan is a living document that will respond to emerging evidence," "We’ve put funding in place to enable more hiring, we encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that" External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’ve put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment. We’re also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe, which is our obligation,” External link

theepochtimes Friday, August 7, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used … to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 7, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “As well, it can be used in this period of time for any offsets if capacity was limited, as it has been over the summer, to make up those dollars and really help these operators get through the worst of it as capacity is low,” External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “This plan informed by those experts called for … layers of prevention looking at every single way we can de-risk the circumstance,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 7, 2020 4:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

cp24 Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario's students and education staff," External link

simcoe Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario's students and education staff," External link

simcoe Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

cknw Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "My message to parents is we have put $309-million more in place with strict public health policies that keep these kids safe, that introduce more screening, more testing, more cleaning of their facilities and I want them to know we will be there for them every step up the way," "If the risk continues to rise, we will continue to make those investments. We just will not compromise the safety of children in this province" External link

barrie Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "If something happens in 30, 60, 90 days in the context of a second wave, we will not pause or hesitate to put in place the investments, the training, the additional staffing to keep these kids safe," External link

barrie Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re ensuring parents have a choice,” External link

simcoe Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1:13:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "What we heard is they wanted students to be masked and we did that from Grade 4 and up based on the emerging evidence that that is the most effective way to do it," "We were told by the unions they wanted access to (Personal Protective Equipment) for their members and we have done that for every single educator and supply teacher and staff member entering our schools" External link

cp24 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:43:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We will test aggressively high school students for asymptomatic students in the province to again ensure the integrity of those cohorts to just keep these kids safe," "We are going to work with our federation partners. Now is the time for us all to collaborate on the way forward... I want our union leaders and our school boards and parents out there to know that we will continue to listen and act in the interest of kids" External link

cp24 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:43:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If emerging evidence requires us to do something else, to add another layer, to take another action, we will,” External link

thewhig Friday, July 31, 2020 5:35:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "This plan reflects the best medical and scientific advice with a single aim: to keep your child safe," "While this plan will continue to evolve to respond to the changing threat of COVID-19, we will remain constant and consistent in investing in the resources, staffing, and cleaning supports, and strict health and safety protocols to keep our communities and our classrooms safe" External link

barrie Friday, July 31, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It is unacceptable that too many schools in our province continue to lack the investment that our students deserve,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, July 24, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “That is why this government is making a significant investment to build new schools, to extensively renovate existing schools, and expand access to licensed child-care spaces in our province,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, July 24, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer and the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan. We believe we’ll be able to unveil it next week,” “That will include additional supports and resources to enable our boards to succeed … I appreciate that there’s more we can do” External link

citynews-ca Friday, July 24, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer and the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan. We believe we'll be able to unveil it next week," "That will include additional supports and resources to enable our boards to succeed ... I appreciate that there's more we can do" External link

simcoe Friday, July 24, 2020 12:21:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The premier and the government continues to be focused on a safe, conventional day-to-day return to school – maybe a new conventional – where kids can go to school five days a week,” “We’re finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer, some of the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan –we believe we’ll be able to unveil it next week. That will include additional supports and resource to enable our boards to succeed” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It is unacceptable that too many schools in our province continue to lack the investment that our students deserve," External link

barrie Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are finalizing the health protocols and working very closely with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and some of the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan,” External link

cp24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The premier and the government continue to be focused on a safe, conventional, day-to-day return to school,” External link

cp24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The premier and the government continues to be focused on a safe, conventional day-to-day return to school – maybe a new conventional – where kids can go to school five days a week,” “We’re finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer, some of the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan –we believe we’ll be able to unveil it next week. That will include additional supports and resource to enable our boards to succeed” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “In addition, we’ve dedicated a billion dollars for to build 30,000 (child-care) spaces within this province,” “We are on track to doing that through investments, (and) the child-care tax cut to give up to 75 per cent of child-care expenses to working parents” External link

globalnews Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “we all appreciate that many parents in this province have faced difficulty as a consequence of COVID-19, as well in the context of wanting certainty about the way forward. What we can confirm to parents, to students and, of course, our education staff in the province is that we will be prepared to respond to the local challenges and the transmission risk that may arise as a consequence of COVID-19” External link

simcoe Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “In the context of COVID-19, keeping all options on the table … is prudent — but at this point there is no plan to extend it,” External link

simcoe Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “In the context of COVID-19, keeping all options on the table … is prudent — but at this point there is no plan to extend it,” External link

simcoe Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "In order to be responsive to the risk ... we have to plan for all three circumstances," External link

CBC Thursday, July 16, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "In order to be responsive to the risk ... we have to plan for all three circumstances," External link

CBC Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We know how critical child care is to ensure that all working moms and dads can return to work safely," External link

simcoe Monday, July 13, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know how critical child care is to ensure that all working moms and dads can return to work safely,” “Today’s changes will allow the sector to reach approximately 90 per cent of the capacity that existed, pre-COVID” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 13, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “That data’s fluid, but it’s moving in the right direction,” External link

globalnews Monday, July 13, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "That data's fluid, but it's moving in the right direction," External link

simcoe Monday, July 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "That data's fluid, but it's moving in the right direction," External link

simcoe Monday, July 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "That data's fluid, but it's moving in the right direction," External link

timescolonist Monday, July 13, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Ontario English ) : “Ontario is the only province in the country that streams in Grade 9,” External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know that child care is critical to our economic recovery,” “That is why we are providing more financial support to child-care operators to ensure they remain viable, and it is why we are providing clear health guidance to ensure our staff and kids remain safe” External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 1:08:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know that child care is critical to our economic recovery,” “That is why we are providing more financial support to child-care operators to ensure they remain viable, and it is why we are providing clear health guidance to ensure our staff and kids remain safe” External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 1:08:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It's the racism of lower expectations," "It's not really believing in their potential. We need everyone in the system to start doing that" External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know that child care is critical to our economic recovery,” “That is why we are providing more financial support to child-care operators to ensure they remain viable, and it is why we are providing clear health guidance to ensure our staff and kids remain safe” External link

TorontoStar Friday, July 10, 2020 12:21:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The preference of the government continues to be everyday, day-to-day, conventional in-class delivery," "But the prerequisite has to be safety" External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Over the past three weeks since we made that announcement, we've seen a significant reduction in the amount of cases of COVID in Ontario," "The reason why we have a plug-and-play scenario of three different plans is because we need to be ready because we do not know what will happen in August" External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Two million students depend on our ability today to break down barriers to their success that impede their upward mobility and to break down those biases that exist within our society,” “The status quo is morally indefensible” External link

cp24 Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I've spoken to the father of this young man, and it is so obvious that they expect better, and accountability and justice for this type of bad judgment demonstrated by trustee Blackburn," "As stated by members of the community, it was shameful, it was racist, it was abuse of her privilege. It is clear that this trustee must do the right thing and step down" External link

CBC Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “to play together, to eat together, to study together, to give each other a high five,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, June 29, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We want this to be safe, we want this to be positive, we also recognize it's going to be a tough start. So we have to make those investments," External link

CBC Friday, June 26, 2020 5:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The reality is not all parents will be putting their children back,” External link

cknw Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The reality is not all parents will be putting their children back,” External link

globalnews Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re focusing on fundamental math concepts and skills like learning and recalling math facts including multiplication,” “Yes, parents, that means memorizing times tables is back for our kids” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, June 23, 2020 11:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're focusing on fundamental math concepts and skills like learning and recalling math facts including multiplication," "Yes, parents, that means memorizing times tables is back for our kids" External link

simcoe Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Clearly this board required some change," "It was clear, in successive reports, that not enough was being done. That these children continued to feel victimized within their schools" External link

CBC Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:56:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It was clear in successive reports that not enough was being done, that these children continued to feel victimized within their schools,” “In this province … we have to do better and no child should feel isolated as a consequence of the colour of their skin, or their orientation or their faith” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If we get this right today we can literally change the course of the workforce," External link

CBC Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:00:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Yes parents, memorizing multiplication tables is back for our kids,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I expect all Ontario students will enter into a ," "What that means is classroom sizes of no more than 15 students for September, every other day or week in-class instruction, supported by in strengthened online learning experience," External link

barrie Tuesday, June 23, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I have asked the new supervisor to have PDSB immediately withdraw from litigation against community members to begin the process of driving change and meaningful engagement with those affected,” “We cannot silence community. In fact, we need more community in these moments” External link

globalnews Monday, June 22, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We expect all schools and classrooms in the province to be safe and inclusive. For far too long, this has not been the case at the Peel District School Board,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 22, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Bruce Rodrigues ) : “With the assistance of Mr. Rodrigues’ supervision, I know that the Peel District School Board will have the leadership and necessary management structure in place to ensure the learning and working environments are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for students and staff,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 22, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school boards to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

barrie Sunday, June 21, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing more in our students to ensure they are safe, and well prepared to hit the books beginning in September,” External link

thewhig Sunday, June 21, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing more in our students to ensure they are safe, and well prepared to hit the books beginning in September,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing in new supports for marginalized and racialized students to give hope and confidence to their families that we will work to unlock their full potential and remove the barriers to their success,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school boards to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

barrie Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:41:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing more in our students to ensure they are safe, and well prepared to hit the books beginning in September,” External link

thewhig Friday, June 19, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school board to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

cp24 Friday, June 19, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school board to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

barrie Friday, June 19, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We know kids need to be in class. We've heard this loud and clear … the mental health impacts are clear on our kids," "We know the value of human connection" External link

CBC Friday, June 19, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT



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Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I understand why parents are anxious, I’m anxious, I called the minister (of education) the other day four times. I’m on to (Stephen Lecce) like an 800-pound gorilla, we’re all over it,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:39:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 7, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Sam Hammond said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : "The premier promised Ontarians he 'will spare no expense' to keep people safe, yet he and ... Lecce are betraying that promise to students, educators, parents and communities with this ill-prepared plan," External link

simcoe Friday, July 31, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Sam Hammond said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : "The premier promised Ontarians he 'will spare no expense' to keep people safe, yet he and ... Lecce are betraying that promise to students, educators, parents and communities with this ill-prepared plan," External link

simcoe Friday, July 31, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT

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Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I just don't want to increase the anxiety of our students," External link

CBC Monday, October 19, 2020 10:12:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

680news Monday, October 19, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I just don’t want to increase the anxiety of our students,” External link

globalnews Monday, October 19, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Ontario English ) : “For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority. It did not serve our students well, in fact it undermined the quality of teaching,” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "For nearly a decade, Ontario has hired educators based on seniority and that did not serve our students well. In fact, it undermined the quality of teaching in many cases," External link

CBC Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our classrooms simply do not reflect our province, and that is a problem,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, October 16, 2020 12:34:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “Thousands of educators continue to be hired. To keep our schools safe, we need to give our principals the latitude to get it done,” “We have an issue with supply. We cannot find teachers. Some schools have had to send in non-qualified educators to essentially watch the class. We cannot allow that to happen” External link

680news Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

ctvnews Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "This is about giving principals more flexibility to hire the very best teaching staff," External link

CBC Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every young person in Ontario deserves to have the best, most qualified teacher at the front of their class,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Moving forward, merit will lead hiring within our schools,” “Teacher hiring now in our schools will be dictated by merit, diversity and the unique needs of schools and communities within our province over seniority” External link

barrie Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’m very happy to celebrate 109 years of the National Day of Taiwan and our shared values and our enduring relationship underpinned by freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our priority as we enter the flu season is to ensure our schools take every preventative measure possible to ensure students and staff remain safe," External link

mondaq Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : “Our commitment is just to do whatever we can to ensure they succeed,” External link

TorontoStar Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:56:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're going to be looking at how we can improve the safety of children so that there's no more examples, so that there's no more victims," "Especially for the young man cited in Hamilton and for so many others in the province that feel isolated as a consequence of not having those supports in place" External link

CBC Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we had that flexibility built in, we could bundle the prep time, we could start it earlier, at the end of the day, thus relieving the home room teacher to take their prep time. This could have been avoided,” External link

680news Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Now we know the flu season, the second wave is upon us,” “This province is ready to bolster our planning, and to strengthen safety in those targeted schools” External link

barrie Monday, October 5, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have an obligation to our young people, to our society, to our working parents, to the mental health of our kids to keep them in school,” External link

680news Monday, October 5, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We will look to refine our systems and practices to make sure it is evidence informed and ultimately reflects the reality on the ground," External link

barrie Friday, September 25, 2020 1:54:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and seek public health advice,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Parents deserve to know what we know,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, September 11, 2020 10:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is the most cautious, safe and comprehensive in the country, fully funded and fully informed by leading medical leaders to ensure we reduce the risk, support positive mental health, and improve the safety of all students and staff," External link

mondaq Wednesday, September 9, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If we continue to follow public health advice ... I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

timescolonist Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If we continue to follow public health advice … I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment,” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I do believe that students can return to a safe and positive environment," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "The singular concern I am noting is that increasing number of cases in our community," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "There's a few variables public health officials and the (Chief Medical Officer of Health) would consider in that respect," External link

barrie Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

globalnews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I think all citizens and all parents around the world on the eve of students going back face that angst in their heart," External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have focused on ensuring that the schools on the ground have the full complement of resources, of PPE [personal protective equipment], hand sanitizer. They are what’s called intensely staffed. Meaning more custodial cleaning, more staffing, more distancing,” External link

cp24 Monday, September 7, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Anything that is not easy to disinfect, easy to wipe, has been removed, most educators have already done that, and that’s based on the health and safety protocol really trying to minimize transmission,” External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

barrie Sunday, September 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

CBC Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," External link

ctvnews Saturday, September 5, 2020 11:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “what we can guarantee is that every school board, who is the one who’s delivering education in the province, every school board has the resources to ensure distancing” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Every school year there are timetabling issues,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is investing up to $1 billion in new money to ensure that school boards have the ability to increase distancing, and look to innovative options, including using outdoor spaces… (and) the province will continue to give school boards those resources,” External link

ottawacitizen Wednesday, September 2, 2020 6:36:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The difference this year is that it's happened a bit earlier because we want to make sure we are ready for September," "And we don't have parents walking in with children, to the extent possible, in September. We really want to mitigate that for the purposes of contact management and tracing and to ensure distancing" External link

CBC Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “By working closely with medical leaders and public health, today we were able to see first hand what the student experience will look like in this new normal, including our nation-leading enhanced health and safety measures,” External link

simcoe Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” External link

680news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “I know many provinces around the country, some of them have staggered or delayed their starts (to the school year). We’re able to, next week, start to reopen schools safely with a plan that has been fully supported and endorsed by the Chief Officer Medical of Health” External link

680news Monday, August 31, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

CBC Friday, August 28, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 28, 2020 9:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job,” External link

cp24 Friday, August 28, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I appreciate the broader challenge around us, but we must move forward with these necessary reforms to give hope to these students that when they graduate they can aspire to get a good paying job," External link

simcoe Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These jobs played an essential role keeping the provincial economy running, and they pay well,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 28, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home, and I know that's going to be challenging," External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "In the area of ventilation the province recently announced an additional $50 million," "On an annual basis, every single year, under this government we're allocating $1.4 billion in maintenance and renewal funding" External link

CBC Thursday, August 27, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce explained : "If your child has any of the symptoms, keep them home and I know that’s going to be challenging" External link

barrie Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Ontario’s investments lead the nation in supporting priorities like more cleaning, physical distancing, testing, and hiring of staff to ensure a safe reopening of our schools this September,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Thursday, August 27, 2020 2:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re also providing $50 million dollars to respond to the second wave and/or the flu pandemic, having an immediate ability of the province to respond to school boards’ needs with money and resources when those challenges arrive,” External link

cp24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : "We all just want to ensure we follow the public health advice and give the school board those additional few days to get it right," External link

barrie Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been very clear, we will be there,” “We have procured masks...we have provided that funding for them and we will continue to be there for them, for our bus drivers, for our schools, educators and staff” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “And we’ve actually told boards, we’ve signaled to boards well before we announced the $50 million for ventilation, to get going and get their HVAC systems upgraded with the best mobile filtration units for those portables required for those older classrooms…,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:58:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “our request of school boards across the province is to make sure we maximize in-class instruction, meaning that a child is in their classroom, in their seat, led by a teacher. In the case of York public and York Catholic, they have worked with the ministry, we have spent many hours with them over the past week ... to ensure that that percentage of in-class, face-time with educators is moved up” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:30:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

cknw Friday, August 21, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 21, 2020 9:53:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have put the money in place $40 million for just one year. A one-time investment for the coming year to make sure buses are constantly cleaned and the points of contact are constantly cleaned,” External link

barrie Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community," External link

CBC Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If there are changes to the staggered reopening, we ask boards to clearly communicate this to their parent community,” External link

citynews-ca Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : "What we are asking unions to do is provide maximum flexibility for boards to enable them to teach a child for the entire duration of the day," External link

mondaq Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:55:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We want all of that time to be used, to the extent humanely possible for learning. And we think parents expect that. And we stand with them on that,” External link

barrie Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, August 17, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," "Kids in Grade 1 to 12 must receive a minimum of 75 per cent of live, synchronous learning each day" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "We put a $40 million, one-time investment to make sure buses are constantly cleaned so we reduce any risk to families and to their children," External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says ( about David Walliams ) : "Dr. David Williams has fully endorsed the plan to re-open schools," "Together as province we will overcome the challenge and kids will be in school" External link

barrie Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “These are the rainy day funds,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “When combined with previous announcements over the past few weeks, school boards will be able to access over $900 million in funding this year,” “This is in addition to the increases in Grants for Student Needs” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “procured on a fairly short notice,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce stated : “This funding can be applied to local priorities of each board, based on the immediate needs on the ground to prepare for the start of school,” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are taking action to ensure live, synchronous learning is improved, providing parents with consistency and a timetable to mirror the in-class experience,” “In order for remote learning to be successful, we are urging unions to embrace this form of learning that parents expect and students deserve” External link

thewhig Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:17:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I’ll work with boards if they think they need a tad more time,” “There’s an overall broader imperative to get the kids back into class – we know for their wellness and their development and their mental health – but we’re going to be flexible, we’re going to be reasonable, we’re going to be evidence-based” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 9:26:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

simcoe Friday, August 14, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "From Kindergarten right through Grade 12, we're directing up to 225 minutes of the standard 300 minute day for live synchronous instruction, or as I noted a Zoom-style experience for our kids," External link

barrie Friday, August 14, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “You’ve got to come together. You’ve got to put your differences aside. You’ve got to make sure safety triumphs,” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 14, 2020 2:44:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Friday, August 14, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, August 14, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Our plan is a living document. It is responding to needs on the ground," External link

CBC Friday, August 14, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "We're providing an element of flexibility," External link

ctvnews Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce noting : “Medical experts have emphasized the importance of improved air flow and quality” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We would have gone to 100 per cent, however we do note that unions have raised concerns about going outside of the 300 minute day for any one-on-one time,” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “principals and support staff dedicated exclusively to online learning,” “Their singular focus will always be on maximizing your child’s ability to succeed, and creating an element of accountability so you have a point of contact, and so these kids remain safe and supported throughout” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re doing everything we can to follow the evidence, the science and the emerging advice of our public health agencies, to put in layers of prevention,” External link

TorontoStar Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The province is leading in virtually every element,” External link

ottawacitizen Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce added : “We’ve already provided guidance to school boards in the context of using the full footprint of their schools — their gymnasiums and cafeterias” “Ultimately, we’ve encouraged them to be innovative and look for solutions within the context of utilizing spaces in their schools and many of them are doing that as we speak,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 2:45:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put funding in place to enable more hiring. We encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that," External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The plan is a living document that will respond to emerging evidence," "We’ve put funding in place to enable more hiring, we encourage the school board to utilize those funds to do that" External link

barrie Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:40:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:24:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’ve put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment. We’re also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe, which is our obligation,” External link

theepochtimes Friday, August 7, 2020 11:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It can be used … to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it,” External link

citynews-ca Friday, August 7, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It can be used ... to make up those dollars, to really help those operators get through the worst of it," External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “As well, it can be used in this period of time for any offsets if capacity was limited, as it has been over the summer, to make up those dollars and really help these operators get through the worst of it as capacity is low,” External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “This plan informed by those experts called for … layers of prevention looking at every single way we can de-risk the circumstance,” External link

globalnews Friday, August 7, 2020 4:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

barrie Friday, August 7, 2020 12:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We've put the investments in place, we lead the nation in the context of that investment, we're also open and willing and stand ready to listen to our medical leaders to do more to further de-risk the circumstances and keep these kids safe which is our obligation," External link

cp24 Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

globalnews Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

citynews-ca Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario's students and education staff," External link

simcoe Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario's students and education staff," External link

simcoe Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We have been clear, we will never waiver in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff,” External link

cknw Thursday, August 6, 2020 12:49:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "My message to parents is we have put $309-million more in place with strict public health policies that keep these kids safe, that introduce more screening, more testing, more cleaning of their facilities and I want them to know we will be there for them every step up the way," "If the risk continues to rise, we will continue to make those investments. We just will not compromise the safety of children in this province" External link

barrie Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "If something happens in 30, 60, 90 days in the context of a second wave, we will not pause or hesitate to put in place the investments, the training, the additional staffing to keep these kids safe," External link

barrie Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re ensuring parents have a choice,” External link

simcoe Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1:13:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "What we heard is they wanted students to be masked and we did that from Grade 4 and up based on the emerging evidence that that is the most effective way to do it," "We were told by the unions they wanted access to (Personal Protective Equipment) for their members and we have done that for every single educator and supply teacher and staff member entering our schools" External link

cp24 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:43:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We will test aggressively high school students for asymptomatic students in the province to again ensure the integrity of those cohorts to just keep these kids safe," "We are going to work with our federation partners. Now is the time for us all to collaborate on the way forward... I want our union leaders and our school boards and parents out there to know that we will continue to listen and act in the interest of kids" External link

cp24 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:43:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “If emerging evidence requires us to do something else, to add another layer, to take another action, we will,” External link

thewhig Friday, July 31, 2020 5:35:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "This plan reflects the best medical and scientific advice with a single aim: to keep your child safe," "While this plan will continue to evolve to respond to the changing threat of COVID-19, we will remain constant and consistent in investing in the resources, staffing, and cleaning supports, and strict health and safety protocols to keep our communities and our classrooms safe" External link

barrie Friday, July 31, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It is unacceptable that too many schools in our province continue to lack the investment that our students deserve,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, July 24, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “That is why this government is making a significant investment to build new schools, to extensively renovate existing schools, and expand access to licensed child-care spaces in our province,” External link

ottawacitizen Friday, July 24, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer and the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan. We believe we’ll be able to unveil it next week,” “That will include additional supports and resources to enable our boards to succeed … I appreciate that there’s more we can do” External link

citynews-ca Friday, July 24, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer and the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan. We believe we'll be able to unveil it next week," "That will include additional supports and resources to enable our boards to succeed ... I appreciate that there's more we can do" External link

simcoe Friday, July 24, 2020 12:21:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The premier and the government continues to be focused on a safe, conventional day-to-day return to school – maybe a new conventional – where kids can go to school five days a week,” “We’re finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer, some of the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan –we believe we’ll be able to unveil it next week. That will include additional supports and resource to enable our boards to succeed” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It is unacceptable that too many schools in our province continue to lack the investment that our students deserve," External link

barrie Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are finalizing the health protocols and working very closely with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and some of the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan,” External link

cp24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The premier and the government continue to be focused on a safe, conventional, day-to-day return to school,” External link

cp24 Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The premier and the government continues to be focused on a safe, conventional day-to-day return to school – maybe a new conventional – where kids can go to school five days a week,” “We’re finalizing the health protocols, working very closely with the chief medical officer, some of the best pediatric minds in the nation that are informing the plan –we believe we’ll be able to unveil it next week. That will include additional supports and resource to enable our boards to succeed” External link

ottawacitizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “In addition, we’ve dedicated a billion dollars for to build 30,000 (child-care) spaces within this province,” “We are on track to doing that through investments, (and) the child-care tax cut to give up to 75 per cent of child-care expenses to working parents” External link

globalnews Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “we all appreciate that many parents in this province have faced difficulty as a consequence of COVID-19, as well in the context of wanting certainty about the way forward. What we can confirm to parents, to students and, of course, our education staff in the province is that we will be prepared to respond to the local challenges and the transmission risk that may arise as a consequence of COVID-19” External link

simcoe Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:32:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “In the context of COVID-19, keeping all options on the table … is prudent — but at this point there is no plan to extend it,” External link

simcoe Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : “In the context of COVID-19, keeping all options on the table … is prudent — but at this point there is no plan to extend it,” External link

simcoe Saturday, July 18, 2020 2:16:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "In order to be responsive to the risk ... we have to plan for all three circumstances," External link

CBC Thursday, July 16, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce told : "In order to be responsive to the risk ... we have to plan for all three circumstances," External link

CBC Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We know how critical child care is to ensure that all working moms and dads can return to work safely," External link

simcoe Monday, July 13, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know how critical child care is to ensure that all working moms and dads can return to work safely,” “Today’s changes will allow the sector to reach approximately 90 per cent of the capacity that existed, pre-COVID” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, July 13, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “That data’s fluid, but it’s moving in the right direction,” External link

globalnews Monday, July 13, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "That data's fluid, but it's moving in the right direction," External link

simcoe Monday, July 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "That data's fluid, but it's moving in the right direction," External link

simcoe Monday, July 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "That data's fluid, but it's moving in the right direction," External link

timescolonist Monday, July 13, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Ontario English ) : “Ontario is the only province in the country that streams in Grade 9,” External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know that child care is critical to our economic recovery,” “That is why we are providing more financial support to child-care operators to ensure they remain viable, and it is why we are providing clear health guidance to ensure our staff and kids remain safe” External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 1:08:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know that child care is critical to our economic recovery,” “That is why we are providing more financial support to child-care operators to ensure they remain viable, and it is why we are providing clear health guidance to ensure our staff and kids remain safe” External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 1:08:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "It's the racism of lower expectations," "It's not really believing in their potential. We need everyone in the system to start doing that" External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We know that child care is critical to our economic recovery,” “That is why we are providing more financial support to child-care operators to ensure they remain viable, and it is why we are providing clear health guidance to ensure our staff and kids remain safe” External link

TorontoStar Friday, July 10, 2020 12:21:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "The preference of the government continues to be everyday, day-to-day, conventional in-class delivery," "But the prerequisite has to be safety" External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Over the past three weeks since we made that announcement, we've seen a significant reduction in the amount of cases of COVID in Ontario," "The reason why we have a plug-and-play scenario of three different plans is because we need to be ready because we do not know what will happen in August" External link

simcoe Friday, July 10, 2020 12:07:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Two million students depend on our ability today to break down barriers to their success that impede their upward mobility and to break down those biases that exist within our society,” “The status quo is morally indefensible” External link

cp24 Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I've spoken to the father of this young man, and it is so obvious that they expect better, and accountability and justice for this type of bad judgment demonstrated by trustee Blackburn," "As stated by members of the community, it was shameful, it was racist, it was abuse of her privilege. It is clear that this trustee must do the right thing and step down" External link

CBC Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:39:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “to play together, to eat together, to study together, to give each other a high five,” External link

ottawacitizen Monday, June 29, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We want this to be safe, we want this to be positive, we also recognize it's going to be a tough start. So we have to make those investments," External link

CBC Friday, June 26, 2020 5:04:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The reality is not all parents will be putting their children back,” External link

cknw Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “The reality is not all parents will be putting their children back,” External link

globalnews Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We’re focusing on fundamental math concepts and skills like learning and recalling math facts including multiplication,” “Yes, parents, that means memorizing times tables is back for our kids” External link

theepochtimes Tuesday, June 23, 2020 11:34:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We're focusing on fundamental math concepts and skills like learning and recalling math facts including multiplication," "Yes, parents, that means memorizing times tables is back for our kids" External link

simcoe Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Clearly this board required some change," "It was clear, in successive reports, that not enough was being done. That these children continued to feel victimized within their schools" External link

CBC Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:56:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “It was clear in successive reports that not enough was being done, that these children continued to feel victimized within their schools,” “In this province … we have to do better and no child should feel isolated as a consequence of the colour of their skin, or their orientation or their faith” External link

citynews-ca Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "If we get this right today we can literally change the course of the workforce," External link

CBC Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:00:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “Yes parents, memorizing multiplication tables is back for our kids,” External link

cp24 Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "I expect all Ontario students will enter into a ," "What that means is classroom sizes of no more than 15 students for September, every other day or week in-class instruction, supported by in strengthened online learning experience," External link

barrie Tuesday, June 23, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “I have asked the new supervisor to have PDSB immediately withdraw from litigation against community members to begin the process of driving change and meaningful engagement with those affected,” “We cannot silence community. In fact, we need more community in these moments” External link

globalnews Monday, June 22, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We expect all schools and classrooms in the province to be safe and inclusive. For far too long, this has not been the case at the Peel District School Board,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 22, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said ( about Bruce Rodrigues ) : “With the assistance of Mr. Rodrigues’ supervision, I know that the Peel District School Board will have the leadership and necessary management structure in place to ensure the learning and working environments are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for students and staff,” External link

globalnews Monday, June 22, 2020 11:24:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school boards to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

barrie Sunday, June 21, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing more in our students to ensure they are safe, and well prepared to hit the books beginning in September,” External link

thewhig Sunday, June 21, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing more in our students to ensure they are safe, and well prepared to hit the books beginning in September,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing in new supports for marginalized and racialized students to give hope and confidence to their families that we will work to unlock their full potential and remove the barriers to their success,” External link

cornwallseawaynews Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:11:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce says : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school boards to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

barrie Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:41:00 AM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : “We are investing more in our students to ensure they are safe, and well prepared to hit the books beginning in September,” External link

thewhig Friday, June 19, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school board to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

cp24 Friday, June 19, 2020 9:33:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "Should Ontario continue to flatten the curve and continue to make gains we will allow school board to move closer to a conventional classroom experience, with stringent health and safety protocols in place," External link

barrie Friday, June 19, 2020 9:06:00 PM EAT

Stephen Lecce said : "We know kids need to be in class. We've heard this loud and clear … the mental health impacts are clear on our kids," "We know the value of human connection" External link

CBC Friday, June 19, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT



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Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I understand why parents are anxious, I’m anxious, I called the minister (of education) the other day four times. I’m on to (Stephen Lecce) like an 800-pound gorilla, we’re all over it,” External link

thewhig Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:39:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

simcoe Friday, August 7, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Doug Ford said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : “I gotta compliment the minister of education,” “I’ve been in this game a long time. There’s never been a better education minister than Stephen Lecce” External link

TorontoStar Friday, August 7, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Sam Hammond said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : "The premier promised Ontarians he 'will spare no expense' to keep people safe, yet he and ... Lecce are betraying that promise to students, educators, parents and communities with this ill-prepared plan," External link

simcoe Friday, July 31, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Sam Hammond said ( about Stephen Lecce ) : "The premier promised Ontarians he 'will spare no expense' to keep people safe, yet he and ... Lecce are betraying that promise to students, educators, parents and communities with this ill-prepared plan," External link

simcoe Friday, July 31, 2020 12:12:00 AM EAT