Ontario Minister Of Education To Make Announcement As Families Wait For School Year News


Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce is scheduled to appear with the Premier at the daily COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, and to reveal what the rest of the school year will look like for students in the province.

Lecce and Prime Minister Doug Ford have repeatedly suggested that more clarity on the remaining academic year, potential summer courses and details on plans for the fall, come this week.

Ontario students have been out of class since mid-March as the province attempts to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The province launched an online learning portal a few weeks later, and teachers tried to continue the course in a variety of ways.

But parents and students expressed frustration with the distance learning plan.

Lecce and Ford are expected to meet with reporters at 1 p.m. AND. Health Minister Christine Elliott is also expected to attend the briefing. You can watch the live press conference in this story.

Reopening continues

Meanwhile, some Ontario businesses will be allowed to open today after being closed for two months.

The province is now embarking on the first stage of its economic reopening, giving the green light to retailers, certain sports centers, car dealers and other businesses to take over. Here is a list of what is open and closed.

But the provincial government has stressed that these companies must always comply with public health guidelines such as physical distance when welcoming customers, while Ford has warned owners to open only when they are ready.

Some business owners have expressed relief and enthusiasm about reopening, while others say it is too early to do so safely.

The province ordered all businesses deemed non-essential to close in March and recently allowed those with street entrances to offer curbside pickup.

Ontario reported another 304 COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 22,957.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the province exceeded 2,000 over the weekend, with almost 80% of these deaths residing in long-term care homes. A total of 683 deaths have been reported in the city of Toronto, where almost a quarter of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 are linked to spread in the community.

Updated figures are released daily by the Department of Health at 10:30 a.m.ET.


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