Elementary and secondary schools in Windsor and Essex County are set to close on Monday due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the region.
In a statement released on Thursday, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said that due to the “rapid rise” of cases and with the evidence of ongoing community transmission, “I am issuing a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, that requires all elementary and secondary school students to transition to online/remote learning effective Monday, December 14.”
This order will be in place for one week from December 14 to 18, which will bring students into the school holiday break. An extension of this order may be considered based on COVID-19 epidemiological data for Windsor and Essex County.
“The health and safety of students and staff remains a priority for the WECHU. This action is being taken in an effort to keep our community safe and prevent further spread of COVID-19,” he said.
“The WECHU is working with all school boards in Windsor and Essex County to ensure that continuity of learning remains a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Key elements of the order include the following: schools will be closed to all students and in-person learning including before and after programs; schools will remain open for educators and staff; and schools will remain open for full-time daycares only.