The region's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed announced on January 7th that schools in this region should remain closed to students for a further 2 week period. His recommendation was supported with a provincial government announcement that in-school learning would be deferred for all students in Southern Ontario until Monday, January 25th.
Dr. Ahmed said, during his briefing that he believes in-person learning is critical for young people, however given the recent data of weekly COVID-19 cases in the area, "we cannot jeopardize the safety of children."
The on-line learning model will continue for both elementary and secondary students through the conclusion of the current provincial lockdown, scheduled until January 23rd. Originally, our elementary students were to resume in-person learning on January 11th.
The GECDSB will continue to offer in-school learning opportunities for students with complex, special needs in the elementary GAINS and secondary STEPS classes and transportation will be provided. Families will be contacted to determine their choice of learning model for the next 2 weeks.