NewsRegional “We want schools to be the first place to open and the last to close,” says Dr. Bocking SHARE ON: Mo Fahim, staff Wednesday, May. 26th, 2021 Dr. Bocking during the HKPRDHU's weekly update Wednesday May 5th; Photo provided through Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit The region’s top doctor Natalie Bocking says she supports reopening schools in June. “Based on the evidence in the data that I’ve seen coming out of the science advisory table and the modelling that has happened I think the benefits of opening schools and having a couple of weeks in school this year in June outweigh the risks of a small potential increase in case counts associated with school openings,” said Dr. Bocking in her weekly update. She said there has not been a lot of transmission in school, with any increased school transmission mostly related to more cases in the community in general. She said, “the key of what Medical Officers of Health across the province have been saying is we want schools to be the first place to open and the last to close,” So if the schools are open first, she said, and we are able to keep all of the case counts down in our community then we’ll keep case counts down in schools as well.