Peel Region schools move classes online

All schools closing in Mississauga and Brampton due to Section 22 order

All schools closing in Mississauga and Brampton due to Section 22 order

Schools in Peel Region were ordered to close as of April 6 as COVID-19 cases surge in that area. This opportunity will keep the rising spread of variants across Peel from entering school settings from the community.

As for the Peel school closure, students will stay home for at least two weeks.

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As of April 1, 63 Ontario schools were closed due to COVID-19, with 1,240 schools now reporting at least one case. More than a quarter of the 4,828 schools in the province have an active case.

A union representing Ontario elementary teachers agrees that in-class learning is best for children, but said the government is not doing enough to make schools safe.

Peel made the decision after seeing a "significant increase" in COVID-19 case counts and variant of concern spread last week and over the Easter long weekend.

Students will pivot to remote learning and schools will remain closed until the end of the day on April 18.

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Officials with the Upper Grand District School Board said students in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph will also move virtual learning starting on Wednesday.

Dr. Lawrence Loh, the region's medical officer of health, has ordered schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to move classes online. If your child attends a school in Peel region, they are not allowed to attend child care centres or day camps, including those offered by child care providers, during this closure.

The province has ignored repeated calls from opposition politicians, unions and others to put in place paid sick leave that augments existing federal support and ensures essential workers can afford to take time off if they are exhibiting symptoms.

Schools should be the last to close and the first to open in a pandemic situation, Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, co-chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, told reporters last week. For Toronto and neighbouring Peel, it mostly meant the closure of outdoor dining patios.

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

"TPH will continue to manage risk on a school-by-school basis, taking immediate and appropriate action to address these complex outbreaks", a spokesperson for TPH said in a statement.

He says that any further decisions to extend the order will be made, as required.

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