Saturday, 19 June, 2021


Stay-at-home order to be lifted Wednesday

Toronto patio Ford, Lecce to make announcement as Ontario stay-at-home order ends
Patty Aguilar | 03 June, 2021, 02:35

"It creates confusion, it creates a sense of not knowing what to expect and what comes next and that is a huge disservice to the school boards and to the school leadership but also to parents who are not going to be able to shed any light for their kids who might hear about this and get excited".

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday Active cases dropped to 197.

"We know the Indian variant is here - it's taken hold - I think it would be irresponsible to put two million kids in the classroom for eight hours a day", Ford said.

London's largest English-language school board said they will stay the course and continue to only offer in-person learning to students with complex special needs. "Kids need to regain some normalcy in their lives, but three weeks until the end of the school year is not the time to try again".

"In my opinion, the government is just winging it".

"The school year has been very hard and I feel they need to make it up to the kids because they have missed out on so much education", she said.

Previously, chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams spoke out in favour of students returning to the classroom, along with local medical officer of health Dr. Janet DeMille, who has cited concerns about the mental health of students.

With schools in Ontario closed for in-person learning, emergency child care (ECC) will continue until the end of June to align with the end of the elementary school year. "With that being said, I understand that there are still so many uncertainties".

A group of children's health organizations, including SickKids Hospital, said it was disappointed in the government's decision and called for planning to ensure children are prioritized during the pandemic recovery.

"Our students are desperately trying to keep on track with their online learning, as are our educators", Jankowski said. "Unlike the original strain, we know some of the variants we are fighting right now are more unsafe for children".

Although the Ontario government has declared that its phased-in approach to re-opening that economy won't officially begin until June 14, Premier Doug Ford has already hinted that it could happen sooner and some sources say that could be in the next few days. It is unknown how many of these would be the new, more risky B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India, which has entered the province through Canada's borders. Ontario students deserve this positive conclusion to their academic journey, safely. Schools are expected to return to in-person learning in September for the 2021-22 school year. "Doing so will help us to meet our goal of starting to gradually lift some restrictions when we enter Step One of the Roadmap when it is safe to do so". "Making this tough decision now will allow kids to safely enjoy camps and outdoor activities this summer, and a safe return to school in September".

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