Some Ontario school boards are asking students to take home their belongings and personal devices from classrooms as they prepare for the possibility of returning to remote learning in the new year.

In a memo issued today, the Toronto District School Board told parents that it has not received any indication from the Ministry of Education that schools will be closed, but wants to make sure they are prepared.

The TDSB says it wants to implement whatever decisions the province makes “smoothly and efficiently” to support student learning and well-being.

The Waterloo Region District School Board issued a similar memo today, saying its staff has prepared schools to “ensure a smooth transition, if necessary.”

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Both school boards are asking families to remind their children to take home their personal belongings and any tools or supplies they may need to move on to remote learning.

In a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Ontario’s medical director of health said he hopes to keep schools open “as long as we can,” and that protocols are being revised to make schools safer.

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Dr. Kieran Moore also said that he still considers schools to be safe.

Ontario reported 1,808 COVID-19 cases and nine deaths related to the virus on Wednesday.

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