Schools in Peel Region are closed for in-person learning starting today. Dr. Lawrence Loh, the region’s medical officer of health, has ordered schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to move classes online. The closure will remain in place until April 18 and Loh says it may be extended if necessary. The top doctor in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph public health unit has ordered all schools to stop in-person learning starting tomorrow, with classes to return no sooner than April 19. In Toronto, the public health unit says it has recommended the closure of 20 schools as COVID-19 cases are investigated. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association have also asked for schools in virus hot spots to move classes online until teachers can be vaccinated.
Positivity rates among students, staff and families last week as part of our Ministry’s asymptomatic testing program was 0.56%.
This week, well over 200 schools will be invited to testing.
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) April 5, 2021
— Travis Dhanraj (@Travisdhanraj) April 5, 2021
Peel Public Health has issued a Section 22 order to close all schools in Peel and move to remote learning for two weeks effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 6. We know this is difficult for parents and caregivers but it’s what we need right now. pic.twitter.com/YWge6ZmnK0
— Region of Peel (@regionofpeel) April 5, 2021
WDG Public Health is issuing a Section 22 Order that directs schools within the boards in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph to cease in-person learning effective April 7. Schools would be eligible to return no sooner than April 19.
— WDG Public Health (@WDGPublicHealth) April 6, 2021
Photo Credit: Stephen Lecce – Twitter