Today, Ontario’s education minister and top doctor will conduct a press conference to discuss school reopening preparations.
The news conference follows Premier Doug Ford’s announcement on Monday evening that schools will reopen on January 17th.
When Ford announced the temporary move to online learning on Jan. 3, he alluded to mounting pressure on hospitals and a looming “tsunami” of COVID-19 cases, which he claimed would endure until at least Jan. 17, depending on health indicators at the time.
On Tuesday, teachers unions and parents of school-aged children expressed safety concerns about the reopening plan since the government isn’t offering PCR tests for students and teachers unless they become symptomatic while at school.
A document from the Ministry of Health said those who develop symptoms at home are asked to isolate and not attend school.
In a written statement issued Tuesday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the provincial government has been preparing for the return of in-class learning “by doing as much as we can to improve ventilation, provide high quality PPE and expand access to vaccinations.”
Lecce and Moore are scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. from Queen’s Park.
CP24 will broadcast the announcement live and online.