Education Minister and Chief Medical Officer to Give Details on Reopening Ontario Schools on Monday | The Canadian News

Ontario’s education minister and chief medical officer will hold a news conference today on preparations for reopening schools.

The news conference comes after Prime Minister Doug Ford’s office said Monday night that schools will reopen on January 17.

Ford earlier noted the mounting pressure on hospitals and an upcoming “tsunami” of COVID-19 cases when he announced the temporary switch to online learning on Jan. 3, which he said would last through at least Jan. 17, depending on the situation. Health. indicators at that time.

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Ontario students and teachers will return to classrooms on January 17, sources say

On Tuesday, teachers’ unions and parents of school children raised safety concerns about the reopening plan, as the government does not offer PCR tests for students and teachers unless they show symptoms while at school.

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A Health Ministry document said those who develop symptoms at home are asked to self-isolate and not attend school.

In a written statement issued Tuesday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the provincial government has been preparing for the return of classroom learning “by doing everything possible to improve ventilation, provide high-quality PPE and expand the access to vaccines.

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