School Will Reopen On Wednesday

Thursday December 30th, 2021

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School will start in-person two days later than planned.

Students will return to the classroom on January 5th, 2022 for school boards previously scheduled to return on January 3rd. 

The Ontario Government says the two-day delay provides schools additional time to prepare for the announced public health measures.

The following additional measures will help ensure safer schools and protect in-person learning:

  • Updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5th and asking students, parents and staff for rigorous screening and monitoring of symptoms.
  • Providing non-fit-tested N95 masks for staff in schools and licensed child care settings as an optional alternative to medical/surgical masks and additional supply of high-quality three-ply cloth masks that are strongly encouraged and free for students and children in January.
  • Deploying an additional 3,000 standalone HEPA filter units to school boards, building on the existing 70,000 HEPA filter units and ventilation devices already in schools.
  • Continuing PCR testing eligibility for symptomatic elementary and secondary students, education staff and participating private and First Nation operated schools who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school.
  • Starting in January, temporarily permitting only low-contact indoor sports and safe extra-curricular activities.
  • Updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.

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