Schools in Toronto, Peel, York reopen today for in-class learning

Feb 16 2021, 2:59 pm

Schools in Toronto, Peel, and York regions reopen on Tuesday for in-class learning, but some school boards cancelled class due to the weather.

On February 16, schools in Toronto, Peel, and York reopened, the last regions in Ontario to do so.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said that enhanced safety supports would be provided to the schools, such as mandating Grades 1 to 3 to wear masks, targeted asymptomatic testing, stricter screening protocols, and hiring more teachers.

Reducing cohort classroom size to 15 students has still not been mandated.

However, the return to school is having a slow start, as some school boards have cancelled class due to the snowstorm in the GTA over the long weekend.

The Toronto District School Board cancelled bus service but is allowing in-class learning to take place.

Also, the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board cancelled bus services and schools, adding that remote learning will continue.

As well, the York Region District School Board says all schools are closed today, and all buses are cancelled.

The City of Toronto issued a Cold Weather Alert on Tuesday as temperatures are set to reach -24°C tonight. It’s unknown how long the school closures will last.

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