York Region Schools to Continue Remote Learning

Published on January 28, 2021

Getting students back into class is our top priority. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has confirmed that schools are safe, but community transmission in some regions remains high.

Our $1.3B reopening plan allowed students to return to class safely, through investments for enhanced cleaning and personal protective equipment, improved air quality for 95% of schools, and further hiring to promote physical distancing and cleanliness in schools.

Because of our investments, we were able to ensure in-person education for 1.5 million students. 99.66% of these students did not report a case of COVID in the fall.

In response to continued high rates of community transmission, and on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, elementary and secondary students in Windsor-Essex, Region of Peel, Toronto, York Region Hamilton and other Public Health Units (PHUs) will continue to learn remotely.

We know how important it is to get students back into our schools for their mental health and development.  

We will continue to work with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure all students can return to school for in-person instruction.

During this period, childcare settings will remain open and emergency childcare access will continue to be available in areas seeing a delay in the return of in-person learning for elementary students.

Protecting our students, staff, and their families remains the government’s top priority.

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