Most Ontario schools will return to in-class learning on Monday

Most Ontario schools will return to in-class learning on Monday

The NDP wants the Ford government to ensure a comprehensive in-school testing program, a class cap of 15 students, a limit of 50% capacity on school buses, paid sick and family care days and improved ventilation in all school rooms, Stiles said.

Ottawa Public Health officials explained the discrepancy between the local and provincial databases and said to expect further fluctuations as the migration process continues.

Maintain public health measures: Public Health Ontario has indicated that the lifting of public health and workplace safety measures will not be considered until more information on variant spread is known and overall trends in public health indicators improve.

The Province of Ontario has confirmed 745 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, bringing the total number of cases in the Province to 270,925.

"Kids need to be in school for their mental health", Lecce said. Additionally, the provincial emergency and stay-at-home order remains in effect until February 9.

Epidemiologist Dr. Isaac Bogoch, one of the members of the province's COVID-19 vaccine task force, said while the declining numbers are encouraging, the province is not "out of the woods yet".

According to provincial data, as of February 3, the province is reporting 7,323 school-related COVID-19 cases just over the past two weeks.

"We have seen a consistent decline in key transmission rates and with the full support of the chief medical officer of health".

"It's a tough question", says Keri, a mother of two who is also a high-school teacher. "It is a real challenge, so our goal is to make sure the kids get back as soon as possible".

Community transmission of the novel coronavirus appears to have slowed over the past three weeks, with the rolling seven-day average of new infections dropping to about 1,800 this week, down from 2,850 on January 20.

Ontario's top physician, Dr. David Williams, was joined by Lecce to confirm that these various school boards - such as Durham, Halton, Hamilton, and Windsor-Essex, among others, - have been deemed safe to re-open following months of virtual, at-home learning. "That's the path we will be taking".

"These include things such as single symptom screening, which we put in place in December, and certainly the broader testing".

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