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Ontario Is Postponing March Break Until April

Thursday February 11th, 2021, 2:19pm


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The province of Ontario will be postponing — not cancelling — March Break until the week of April 12th.

Details were provided Thursday afternoon by Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

“This decision was made on advice from public officials including the province’s chief medical officer of health and many local medical officers of health as well,” Lecce said.

“Postponing March Break, not cancelling it, is an important way that schools can help to limit community transmission,” he said. “We recognized that congregation is a key driver of the spread of COVID-19, something we realized over the winter break, and we will not take that risk again with your child, with our staff, with Ontario families.”

Lecce said it is critical Ontarians follow public health advice to protect schools and “avoid a repeat of the concerning spike in youth-related cases over the winter break, when students and staff were out of schools for a prolonged period of time.”

Lecce also urged Ontarians not to travel.

“Ontarians should refrain from travelling, particularly given the increase in new variants that pose a direct risk to our country,” he said. “Please stay at home as much as possible and continue following the direction of public health officials so that we can keep schools open and protect our seniors, frontline health workers and all families.”

March Break will run from April 12th to 16th, 2021.

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