The Ontario Ministry of Education announced late Wednesday afternoon that seven southern Ontario regions will be permitted to resume in-person learning on Monday.
Simcoe County and Muskoka are not on the list, meaning remote learning will continue in those regions into February.
“On the advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is allowing seven public health units and over 100,000 students to return to class on Monday, January 25,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said in a statement.
Those public health units are as follows:
- Grey Bruce Health Unit
- Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
- Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Health Unit
- Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit
- Peterborough Public Health
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit
The seven health units listed above have reported some of the lowest cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people per week.
Based on the announcement by the Ontario government, SCDSB schools will remain closed in response to COVID-19. Students will continue to participate in remote learning. The return date has not been identified at this time. More information will be shared with families tomorrow.— Simcoe County District School Board (@SCDSB_Schools) January 20, 2021
Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) students who attend schools within Muskoka will continue to learn remotely. TLDSB students who attend schools within Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes can return to class Monday.
The Ontario government has announced that schools in @HKPRDHU will be returning to in-person learning on Jan 25, while schools in @SMDhealthunit will continue remote learning until Feb 10.— TLDSB (@TLDSB) January 20, 2021
See the school status list and full update at https://t.co/qrsjhghmzL pic.twitter.com/TD6JLfuNSN
MonAvenir Catholic School Board students in Simcoe County and Muskoka will also continue with remote learning.
In his statement, Lecce said the government is introducing additional measures including province-wide targeted asymptomatic testing, enhanced screening, mandatory masks for students in Grades 1-3 and while outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.