The Ontario government is asking the province’s school boards to try to spend $50-million to upgrade air quality in schools by Thanksgiving. The request comes in a memo sent to boards by the Ministry of Education earlier this week. The government announced the $50-million in funding for ventilation upgrades earlier this month and is urging boards to speed up spending.

The memo also outlines best practices to improve air quality, including opening school windows to increase air flow and using portable air-filtration units where possible.

The co-founder of advocacy group Fix Our Schools says the timeline will be difficult for school boards to meet given how late in the summer the funding has been allocated.

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