Multi-platform author, CTV News Toronto
Schools in Ontario will remain closed for face-to-face learning indefinitely as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province.
Premier Doug Ford made the announcement along with Education Secretary Stephen Lecce in Queen’s Park on Monday after a cabinet meeting earlier in the day.
Sources told CTV News Toronto that the decision was made this weekend after the province admitted a record number of COVID-19 and intensive care units.
« We won’t move to school online until after the April break. We’ll keep an eye on the hospital number and ICU recordings to see when we can get the kids back into the classroom, » Ford said Monday / p>
« All I want is to be able to reopen schools as soon as possible. But we must all work together now to get the community spread under control. »
Private schools working in person this week have been instructed to move to distance learning by April 15th.
Childcare for children out of school age remains open during school closings. The programs will also be closed before and after school.
Free emergency childcare for school-age children will also be provided by authorized health and front-line workers during the closure.
The announcement to keep schools closed comes just a day after Lecce issued a letter to parents insisting that schools stay open during the time the province stays home.
On Monday, Lecce changed his tone when speaking at Queen’s Park during the legislative session, saying he was increasingly concerned about the surge in infections.
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