Thursday, 17 June, 2021


Peel schools will not be reopening on Tuesday

Schools in Peel Region ordered closed for two weeks due to surging COVID-19 cases Waterloo Region's top doc 'not planning' to close in-person learning at schools
Conrad Doyle | 06 April, 2021, 22:09

Dr. Lawrence Loh, the region's medical officer of health, has ordered schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to move classes online.

Peel Region schools will be closed as of Tuesday, the Sun has learned. "With increasing case counts and the presence of variants of concern, we need to break chains of transmission and keep our schools safe".

Schools should be the last to close and the first to open in a pandemic situation, Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, co-chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, told reporters last week. But that may be extended if COVID-19 indicators don't improve, the regional health authority said.

A spokesperson for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health said school closures are "an area of active discussion".

"Stronger public health measures are required to reverse the surge of infection that the province now faces". Further decisions to extend the order will be made, as required.

Toronto Public Health said it appreciates that this decision places additional burden on many families but "health and safety of students and staff remains a priority". "This action is being taken in an effort to keep our communities safe and prevent further spread of COVID-19".

Spring break is still expected to go ahead across Ontario on April 12.

In a tweet, the TDSB said all school boards in Toronto have been informed by TPH that all schools in the city, except individual ones closed for COVID-19 investigations, will open on Tuesday after the Easter long weekend for in-person learning.

The minister's office has defended its stance on keeping students in class, saying Monday "schools remain safe with strong public health measures in place that have kept almost 99% of schools in Ontario open".

School disruptions have serious impacts on children, and according to Ontario's latest COVID-19 modelling students who are already disadvantaged have been disproportionately impacted by virus-related school closures. There are over 1,000 schools with at least one reported case and 83 are now closed as a result.

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