Durham students can return to school for in-person learning February 8

Grant Boone
February 4, 2021

"While this has not been easy on Ontario parents, students and our education staff, I want to be clear safety is what has and will drive our decisions every step of the way", Lecce said.

Maintain public health measures: Public Health Ontario has indicated that the lifting of public health and workplace safety measures will not be considered until more information on variant spread is known and overall trends in public health indicators improve.

The province says schools in Toronto, Peel and York regions will resume in-person learning on February 16.

All students across Ontario began online learning at the start of the year as part of the province-wide lockdown.

Ottawa is reporting 61 new cases of COVID-19.

That number for Niagara will be different than what Niagara Region Public Health releases at noon, due to a difference in when the data is collected.

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As of February 1, in publicly funded schools in Ontario, there are five new school-related student cases (for a total of 5,146), one new school-related staff case (for a total of 1,098), and one new case in "individuals not identified" (for a total of 1,115); 20 schools have a reported case, and one school is now closed.

Ontario's top physician, Dr. David Williams, was joined by Lecce to confirm that these various school boards - such as Durham, Halton, Hamilton, and Windsor-Essex, among others, - have been deemed safe to re-open following months of virtual, at-home learning.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's chief medical officer of health, recently said her office was actively discussing with the province how students can return safely to in-person learning. Nearly a yearin, there is still no conclusive evidence regarding transmission in schools and to what extent children drive the spread of the virus.

Strengthen case and contact management: The provincial workforce will continue supporting public health units to ensure cases and contacts are reached as soon as possible and monitored through their quarantine period. Schools in northern Ontario reopened on January 11 while 11 other public health units in southern Ontario reopened in the past few weeks. The province is also introducing a provincial antigen screening program for the expansion of rapid testing in high priority settings, such as long-term care homes.

The province has not said how long it will take to reach those numbers.

"That's the path we will be taking".

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