Ontario premier to announce today if schools will reopen in June

Lawrence Kim
June 2, 2021

Sources told CTV News Toronto that Ford was not willing to reopen schools until the fall, but the decision is expected to be finalized during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, and will be announced shortly after.

CTVNewsWindsor.ca will stream the news conference live.

Ford already met with his cabinet earlier this morning to discuss whether or not to reopen schools.

There are approximately four weeks left in the academic year.

But other measures like the five-person limit on outdoor gatherings and restrictions on in-person retail and other businesses remain.

Last week, Ford sent a letter to various stakeholders, including the advisory tables, health officials, school boards and teachers, asking for advice on whether it would be safe to reopen for in-person learning.

The province has said it aims to have as many youth aged 12-19 fully vaccinated by the start of the school year in September.

Ford asked seven questions to doctors, scientists, and educators, including whether the B.1.617 COVID-19 variant first discovered in India poses an increased risk to students and education workers.

The table believes most health units would be able to mitigate and manage the increases in their communities.

Schools in the London region and across Ontario may not reopen before the end of the school year.

The move comes despite calls from medical professionals across the province to allow kids to return to school.

Opposition politicians have claimed Ford has failed to show leadership by leaving families in the dark for an extended period.

According to CTV Toronto sources say the government's planning and priorities committee made the initial decision on Monday not to reopen schools for the remaining weeks of June, including on a regional basis.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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