In response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has declared a second provincial emergency. Effective Thursday, January 14, the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes.
The Ministry of Education has confirmed that current arrangements in place to support students with complex special education students will continue under this order.
As part of this new order, to continue to keep students, staff and communities safe, Ontario will be implementing new health and safety measures for students returning to in-person learning which may include updated masking requirements, enhanced screening protocols and expanded targeted testing.
Today’s announcement also notes that, by January 20, the Chief Medical Officer of Health will advise the Ministry of Education on which Public Health Units will be permitted to resume in-person instruction, based on the most up-to-date data and modelling. We will continue to work with the Wellington-Guelph-Dufferin Public Health Unit to determine the appropriate next steps to keep our children, families and communities safe.
The announcement from the Provincial Government can be found here: Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives
We continue to be grateful for the support of our school communities as we make the necessary adjustments to remote learning. We recognize the transition has been challenging for some families and will continue to promote flexibility and reasonableness of expectations as we respond to these changing conditions for learning. Thank you for your partnership as we move through this together.
We will continue to provide updates, as required, to keep you informed of any further developments.