Schools to return to online learning after April break

Ruben Fields
April 14, 2021

Ontario schools will stay closed indefinitely to in-person learning as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the province.

Ontario also announced it is working to set up employer-operated job-site vaccine clinics, in conjunction with public health units, business groups and large employers, with a focus on hot spot communities at greatest risk.

Lecce said the decision to continue with remote learning was based on medical advice to keep reduce community transmission and data will be collected on an ongoing basis to determine when it is safe for students to return to the classroom.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units jumped to 612 - setting another new high.

"To date, we have kept our schools safe".

For qualified health care and frontline workers, the Ontario government will provide free emergency child care for school-aged children.

Details were provided today, Monday, Apr. 12, 2021, in a press conference hosted by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. Students were supposed to return to school a week from today.

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said the 121 people with COVID-19 in critical care wards are stretching certain hospitals to 100 per cent, including Vancouver General. Officials say that the delays do not now put at risk Premier Doug Ford's pledge to have 40 per cent of adults vaccinated by the end of the current 28-day stay-at-home order - but that additional delays might.

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The Pacific coast province of British Columbia on Monday began vaccinating all adults in the ski resort town of Whistler, which has been hit hard with at least 197 cases of the P.1 variant.

Ontario has been under a stay-at-home order since Thursday, April 8.

She says the city is vaccinating more people against the virus but that still won't be enough to offset the impact of the variants.

Ontario students won't be returning to in-person learning after this week's break.

The government is also expanding the number of pharmacies administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 55 and over this week.

Teachers and other school staff who live or work in hotspot postal codes in Toronto and Peel are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as of April 12.

An additional 700 pharmacies are now offering the vaccine, with another 100 expected to join the immunization campaign by the end of April.

On Monday, the government reported an increase of 4,401 new cases of COVID-19. 2,629 cases have been recorded in the last 14 days.

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