Multiple sources close to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, have informed MarkandChris.com that High School and Elementary schools in the province of Ontario will remain closed until at least January 22nd, with students returning no earlier than January 25th.
In Windsor-Essex, where cases of COVID-19 are skyrocketing, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed recommended that online learning should continue until “at least the end of the lockdown” which is January 23rd. Ahmed went on to say "bottom line is, from Monday, whether the province does it, or whether I do it, it will be an online learning model for our community."
The Greater Essex County District School Board sent an memo to all staff this morning (January 7, 2021) informing them that they will be awaiting an official announcement from the Province, which is expected sometime Thursday or early Friday morning.
The province of Ontario is reporting 3,519 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 89 more deaths — both setting single-day records in the province since the pandemic began. A senior government official stated that the increase in the positive COVID-19 rate is "alarming" and it has "raised significant concerns about kids returning to school next week."