Board chairwoman Ellen Chambers says Thunder Bay schools have had to dismiss classes repeatedly because of one COVID-19 case. Kelly Sikkema
06 April, 2021, 22:05
"Since COVID-19, including variants of concern, are circulating in the community, cases related to community transmission are expected".
"TPH will continue to recommend early dismissal for individual schools upon investigation to protect students, staff, teachers, and school communities", said the health unit Monday.
In an emailed statement to CTV Kitchener, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said "given our overall COVID-19 situation in the region at this time", she doesn't plan to issue a Section 22 order to shutdown schools.
In accordance with the order, all schools in Peel will be moving to remote learning starting Tuesday, April 6th and the closure will remain in place through the end of day April 18.
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, the City confirmed.
School disruptions have serious impacts on children, and according to Ontario's latest COVID-19 modelling students who are already disadvantaged have been disproportionately impacted by virus-related school closures. This closure will allow students and staff at least two weeks out of schools to break any chains of transmission and protect them from exposure.
Peel Region's top doctor says he has ordered all schools to be closed.
"TPH continues to work closely with the school boards and will keep the school informed as soon as the reopening date is confirmed". "This decision will be revisited on a daily basis, and further recommendations may be made in the near future in partnership with our local school boards and the province". They won't be back in class until April 18.
"It looks like our efforts may have worked", Ryan Harper, vice-president for District 19 TBU at the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, wrote in a tweet after the news emerged.
Students also need to wear a mask that fits well when outside their homes, wash their hands often and stay home if they are sick.