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Ontario Moves Schools to Remote Learning Following Spring Break
Monday, April 12, 2021
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has made the decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break. This move has been made in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants, and the increase in hospital admissions.
All publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19, 2021. Private schools operating in-person this week are to transition to remote learning by April 15, 2021.
Child care for non-school-aged children will remain open, before and after school programs will be closed and free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided. To protect the most vulnerable, boards will make provisions for continued in-person support for students with special education needs who require additional support that cannot be accommodated through remote learning.
Data will be assessed on an ongoing basis and health officials will be consulted to determine when it will be safe to resume in-person learning.