All publicly funded and private schools in Ontario will move to remote learning starting tomorrow, January 5 until at least January 17. Premier Doug Ford made the announcement Monday, two days before students were expected to be back in the classroom. Parents were left scrambling once again as the province had previously pushed school start back from January 3 to 5 on last Friday.
The pivot to remote learning is part of a suite of new restrictions coming into effect on Wednesday all of which are aimed at curtailing the alarming surge of Omicron cases that threaten to cripple the province’s health care system.
School buildings would be permitted to open for child care operations, including emergency child care, to provide in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who are unable to deliver quality instruction from home.
During this period of remote learning, free emergency child care will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers.
The province’s return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen on includes a number of restrictions including curtailing retail capacity to 50%, closing indoor dining and gyms. Indoor gatherings are restricted to 5 persons and outdoor gatherings to 10. These measures will be in place for at least 21 days, until January 26.