Select Ontario school boards are starting in-class learning next week.
On Wednesday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said, “On the advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is allowing seven public health units and over 100,000 students to return to class on Monday, January 25.”
According to Lecce, in order to ensure schools remain safe, the government is introducing additional measures including province-wide targeted asymptomatic testing, enhanced screening, mandatory masking for students in Grades 1-3 and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Schools in the following school boards will resume in-person learning on January 25:
- Limestone District School Board
- Renfrew County District School Board
- Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
- Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
- Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
- Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
- Bluewater District School Board
Some additional school boards span across multiple public health units (PHU) and may have some schools that resume in-person while others continue to teach remotely.
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The local PHU should be contacted on the status of schools in these boards:
- Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
- Trillium Lakelands District School Board
- Upper Canada District School Board
- Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
- Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic DSB
- Conseil des écoles publiques de l`Est de l`Ontario
- Conseil scolaire catholique Providence
- Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir
- Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Centre-Est de l’Ontario
The Ministry of Education, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will continue to closely monitor public health trends in these regions.
Last week, Premier Doug Ford issued a second State of Emergency for the province and a Stay at Home order, effective January 14.