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Ontario schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year

Ontario Premier Doug Ford

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — "After consulting with the health experts, it is clear that we cannot open schools at this time," said Ontario Premier Doug Ford during a press conference on Tuesday, May 19. "I’m just not going to risk it," he added.

With this announcement, all schools in Ontario will remain closed due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Shuttered since March 14, all publicly-funded schools will be out-of-commission until September, impacting families, students and the broader community.

"This wasn’t an easy decision to make but it was the right decision," said Ford, who added, "We’ve made the decision to put our kids’ safety first and at the same time, we have a plan to ensure that our children’s education can continue outside of the classroom."

However, Ford was quick to say that at-home learning will continue and all students from grades K-12 will receive their report cards for the school year. "We’re doing everything possible to make students have the opportunity to graduate this year and we’re working hard to ensure that childcare centres will begin to open safely once we get to stage two of reopening," said Ford.


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Updated March 12, 2020.

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