Ontario schools: Stephen Lecce’s announcement on Wednesday

Ontario’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday regarding the return to school for personal learning.

dr. Kieran Moore, the county’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, will join him at 1:30 p.m. in Queen’s Park. The press conference will be streamed live on CTVNewsToronto.ca and on the CTV News app.

The announcement comes two days after the Prime Minister’s office confirmed that the students would return to the classroom on January 17 after about two weeks of distance learning.

Students have been learning virtually since January 5 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Ontario.

At the time, Prime Minister Doug Ford said the two-week delay would “provide much-needed time for more vaccines and boosters”.

A number of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area this week offered appointments specifically for education and childcare workers.

The government has also said it would provide non-customized N95 masks to staff and deploy another 3,000 HEPA filter units in schools.

As personal learning has been delayed, the government has amended the list of COVID-19 symptoms requiring student isolation and issued new guidelines for coping with the disease in school settings. This includes changing the eligibility for free PCR testing to include only public school students who develop symptoms at school.

Parents will also no longer be notified if there is a positive COVID-19 case in their child’s class.

“Given the widespread transmission and the inability to test all symptomatic individuals, schools will not routinely notify students/pupils in classes with a positive case, or if a child/student or staff is absent due to symptoms related to COVID -19,” the spokesperson said. guidance state.

Teacher unions expressed concern about elements of the return to classroom guidelines and called for smaller classes to promote physical distancing, along with an increase in COVID-19 testing and tracking.


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