Peel medical officer of health is closing schools for two weeks

Schools in Peel Region ordered closed for two weeks due to surging COVID-19 cases

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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.

A spokesperson for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health said school closures are "an area of active discussion".

Dr. Lawrence Loh says he is ordering schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to close starting tomorrow.

"It is our firm belief that schools should be open for in-class learning, as they are critical to student mental health", Lecce's office said Monday.

Licensed child care programs will not be permitted to offer care to children whose schools are required to be closed under the order, with the exception of emergency child care for those who qualify, the City confirmed.

The TDSB and TCDSB said in tweets on Monday they are dismissing the schools following advice from TPH.

The Sun has also learned that Toronto's medical officer Dr. Eileen de Villa has considered implementing the same measure, although the Toronto District School Board may instead opt to just close schools in very high-transmission neighbourhoods.

"The health and safety of students and staff remains a priority for TPH".

Students cross the street at Tomken Road Middle School during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Peel Region's top doctor says he has ordered all schools to be closed.

Under the order, learning will be remote only, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday and lasting at least until the end of day on April 18. "This decision will be revisited on a daily basis, and further recommendations may be made in the near future in partnership with our local school boards and the province".

According to Dubey, TPH recommends to parents that students can attend school if they pass a screening questionnaire, but they should not gather with others, even those in their class outside of the classroom, and they should keep six feet or two metres apart from people with whom they do not live.



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