In a day of big announcements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto Medical Officer of Health has just pulled the plug on in-person learning at Toronto schools as 297,000 students are headed home to learn virtually beginning April 7.
A statement issued by Toronto Public Health cites the increasing risk posed by variants of concern.
Important update- @TOPublicHealth has announced that all schools in Toronto – including those at the TDSB, will be closed to in-person learning as of Wednesday, April 7, 2021, and remain closed up to & including Sunday, April 18, 2021.
— Toronto District School Board (@tdsb) April 6, 2021
“Given the evidence, Toronto Public Health (TPH) appreciates the value of in-person learning, and firmly believes that schools should be the first places in our community to open, and the last to close,” the statement read. “TPH has worked closely with its partners including local school boards, municipal leaders and our provincial counterparts. Unfortunately, current circumstances require that difficult decisions must be taken locally to protect all those in our school communities, including students, teachers and staff.”
⭐️THE IMPACT OF MOVING ONTARIO SCHOOLS TO REMOTE LEARNING⭐️
I compare & contrast 4 regions, all from Ontario’s previous grey zone; 2 with remote learning and 2 without.
— Ryan Imgrund (@imgrund) April 5, 2021
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, issued a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The order requires all elementary and secondary school students to transition to online/remote learning effective April 7 at 12:01 a.m. The order will be in place from April 7 to 18.
In addition, the order means that licensed child care programs will not be permitted to offer care to children whose schools are required to be closed under the order, with the exception of emergency child care for those who qualify.