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Ontario won’t reopen schools for in-person learning this spring, Ford announces


Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Wednesday that Ontario students won’t return to in-person learning until September

Ontario students won’t return to in-class learning before September, Premier Doug Ford announced at a news conference Wednesday.

“It was a hard choice to make,” Ford said.

“I don’t want to risk the health of our kids and cutting off their summer.”

Ford said his government was reviewing responses to a letter sent last Thursday that solicited advice on reopening schools from a range of expert groups, including public health officials and teachers unions.

On Wednesday, Ford said some experts believed students should be back in class, but that they could not promise that students being back in person wouldn’t lead to thousands of new COVID-19 cases, especially when variants of concern are considered.

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