COVID-19 Update for April 12 2021 – Ontario keeping schools closed

Students will remain at home as COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high.

Despite comments to parents over the weekend from Education Minister Stephen Lecce that the province intended to continue with in-person learning following this week’s spring break, Ontario will be keeping school doors locked.

Premier Doug Ford insisted that the spread of COVID-19 remains in communities, not schools, but bringing kids back into a congregate setting after a week off is not a risk he is willing to take.

A date for a return to in-person learning has not been confirmed.

Ford said the government will ensure emergency childcare options are available for families of healthcare and essential workers while schools are closed, and that he will “continue to prioritize the vaccination of education workers who support students with special needs and all education workers in select hot-spot areas.”

The full news release is here.

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