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Health Unit Ordering All Schools Closed In Windsor Essex Next Week, Switching To Online Learning

Thursday December 10th, 2020, 2:12pm


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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit is ordering all schools closed and a switch to online and remote learning due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County.

“Due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Windsor and Essex County and the evidence of ongoing community transmission, I am issuing a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act that requires all elementary and secondary school students to transition to online/remote learning effective Monday, December 14th,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Heath in a news release, Thursday afternoon.

“This order will be in place for one week from December 14th to 18th, which will bring students into the school holiday break,” he said. “An extension of this order may be considered based on COVID-19 epidemiological data for Windsor and Essex County.”

Dr. Ahmed says action is being taken “in an effort to keep our community safe and prevent further spread of COVID-19.”

“The WECHU is working with all school boards in Windsor and Essex County to ensure that continuity of learning remains a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The Health Unit says the order will involve the following:

  • Schools will be closed to all students and in-person learning including before and after programs
  • Schools will remain open for educators and staff
  • Schools will remain open for full time day cares only

They say further information will be released tomorrow morning during the Health Unit’s daily YouTube Live briefing at 9:30am.

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