Toronto schools to close tomorrow for in-person learning until April. 18

Darnell Taylor
April 6, 2021

A statement from Waterloo Region's Catholic school board said there were no plans to move to virtual learning between now and April break.

As for the Peel school closure, students will stay home for at least two weeks. The union is demanding that teachers be moved higher up the list for vaccination, the province purchase N95 masks for schools, and class sizes be reduced to facilitate physical distancing.

The chief medical officer for Peel Region, which also includes the town of Caledon, ordered its schools closed until April 18 on Monday, with camps due to run during next week's delayed break also cancelled. "Since COVID-19, including variants of concern, are circulating in the community, cases related to community transmission are expected".

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. If your child attends a school in Peel region, they are not allowed to attend child care centres or day camps, including those offered by child care providers, during this closure.

"We remain grateful to staff, students and families who have taken extraordinary efforts to change their routines and carry out collective actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our school communities safe", said Colleen Russell-Rawlins, director of education at the Peel District School Board, one of the country's largest with more than 154,000 kindergarten to Grade 12 students at 246 schools.

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It is unknown how long Loh intends to keep schools closed.

De Villa called the rising COVID-19 case rates in the city "horrific".

The TDSB and TCDSB said in tweets on Monday they are dismissing the schools following advice from TPH.

The decision has been made unilaterally by Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel's medical officer of health, who will be exercising his discretionary powers to enact such closures under Sec.

Peel Public Health continues to work closely with our school board partners to prioritize the health and safety of staff and students. Decisions on whether to extend the order "will be made, as required", Peel Public Health said.

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