Ontario premier to announce today if schools will reopen in June


Ford and Lecce will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott for the announcement, scheduled to begin at Queen's Park at 1 p.m.

CTVNewsWindsor.ca will stream the news conference live.

According to reports by both CTV News and the Toronto Star, sources have indicated the provincial government is leaning toward keeping schools closed until September, but Elliott said no final decision had been made as of Tuesday.

The decision come after the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, local medical officers of health and the Ontario Science Advisory Table advised the government to reopen in-person learning.

Ontario students have been online learning since after spring break in mid-April. There is some speculation that the province will opt to keep students out of schools until next fall in an effort to reopen the economy ahead of schedule.

There are approximately four weeks left in the academic year.

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.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health was among many to support Ford's letter, saying on Friday that Toronto Public Health (TPH) recommends reopening in-person learning before other restrictions are lifted.

"In recent weeks, there has been a wide range of advice and commentary around the reopening of schools in Ontario", wrote the Premier.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce are expected to make an announcement about the remainder of the school year on Wednesday afternoon.

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



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