Ford Says Schools Won’t Be Reopening Before End Of School Year, Remote Learning To Continue

Wednesday June 2nd, 2021

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Ontario’s schools will stay closed and students will continue with remote learning through the end of the school year, Premier Doug Ford announced Wednesday afternoon.

The government says recent modelling presented by the Science Advisory Table shows that if Ontario reopened schools to in-person learning, the province could “see an increase of six to eleven per cent in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases.”

“Unlike the original strains, we know that some of the variants we’re fighting right now are very dangerous for children,” Ford said. “It can make younger people very, very sick.”

The government says an increase in cases and the spread of variants “would also threaten Ontarians’ hard-fought progress in beating the third wave” and “could delay the safe return to many summer activities for kids, including day and overnight camps, sports leagues and public pools, among other important activities that support children’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

Ford also said he’s hopeful that the province can enter Step 1 of the provincial reopening plan earlier than June 14th.

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