Toronto schools to close Wednesday for in-person learning

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"The spread of COVID-19 has never been greater in Toronto, with variants of concern increasing both the risk of transmission and the risk of serious illness or death", said the City in a news release.

A spokesperson for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health said school closures are "an area of active discussion".

In a tweet, the TDSB said all school boards in Toronto have been informed by TPH that all schools in the city, except individual ones closed for COVID-19 investigations, will open on Tuesday after the Easter long weekend for in-person learning.

"We remain grateful to staff, students and families who have taken extraordinary efforts to change their routines and carry out collective actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our school communities safe", said Colleen Russell-Rawlins, director of education at the Peel District School Board, one of the country's largest with more than 154,000 kindergarten to Grade 12 students at 246 schools.

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Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced the opening of another vaccine clinic on Monday but did not say it would follow in Peel's footsteps.

During the closure, 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.

Peel Public Health continues to work closely with our school board partners to prioritize the health and safety of staff and students.

Meanwhile, schools in Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga will be closed for the next two weeks, after Peel Public Health issued a Section 22 order under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act. They won't be back in class until April 18. 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.

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.

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