Ontario's Minister of Education to make announcement Thursday afternoon

Mar 11 2021, 6:16 am

Ontario Health Minister Stephen Lecce is set to make an announcement on Thursday afternoon as schools continue to report COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, Ontario schools reported 194 new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period, with 263 cases confirmed over the weekend, bringing the total seen over the last two weeks to 1,386.

Currently, 816 schools across the province have a case of COVID-19, and 34 have closed.

A total of 202 schools in Toronto have a virus case – the most of any region in the province. Ottawa has the second-highest count with 67 schools, followed by Brampton with 52 schools.

Classrooms in Toronto, Peel, and York Regions reopened for in-person learning on February 16. Other regions across Ontario saw students return on February 8.

Lecce said that enhanced safety supports would be provided to the schools, such as mask mandates for Grades 1 to 3, targeted asymptomatic testing, stricter screening protocols, and hiring more teachers.

Reducing cohort classroom size to 15 students has yet to be mandated.

Lecce will be joined by Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, to make an announcement at 2 pm from Queen’s Park.

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