Ontario shuts schools until September because of COVID-19 pandemic

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce has said the safety of students will be the government’s top priority in planning for the rest of the school year. 
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Date of Publication: May 19, 2020

Source: CBC

Any hope that parents and cooped up youth had of going back to school for at least one month before the summer went out the window today, as Premier Doug Ford confirmed that Ontario schools will not be reopening until September. The province states this difficult decision was made in consultation with the chief medical officer and other medical experts. In addition to public schools, private schools, licensed child-care centers, EarlyOn programs, and overnight summer camps will also remain closed, at least through the first phase of Ontario’s reopening plan. Childcare services are expected to reopen when the province is ready for Stage 2 of the plan, and indoor and outdoor day camps “may” be given permission to run in July and August, both contingent on strict public health and safety guidelines. Education Minister Stephen Lecce added to this announcement by saying they will also enhance the province’s virtual learning program to allow students to learn regardless of the challenges that may transpire in the coming months. A full plan for reopening Ontario schools in September will be released by the end of June and this plan is said to include physical distancing measures and limiting movements of students at school.

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-coronavirus-ontario-may-19-school-year-update-1.5574966

Summary by: Hira Raheel