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Ontario students won’t be getting an extended winter holiday

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Ontario students won’t be getting an extended winter holiday

Ontario students won’t be getting an extended winter break.

“We have consulted with the Chief Medical Officer of Health as well as the Public Health Measures Table and have determined that an extended winter holiday is not necessary at this time, given Ontario’s strong safety protocols, low levels of transmission and safety within our schools,” announced Education Minister Stephen Lecce early this afternoon (Nov. 18).

Just yesterday Lecce said the Provincial government was considering a longer break this year.

Lecce said the main focus of the government is protecting the progress that he believes has been made in schools this fall and that planning for the new year is underway so that students can go to school every day.

“Ontario’s Safe Schools Plan has worked to keep students safe from COVID-19, while allowing them to continue their learning journey and resume safe social interactions with their friends and classmates,” said Lecce. “As we continue to see increased rates of community transmission, our schools have been remarkably successful at minimizing outbreaks to ensure that our kids stay safe and learning in their classrooms.”

The Education Minister said the government will consider any option to ensure classrooms stay open throughout 2021. However, he added, the situation will be continually monitored to protect children and school staff.

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