Students across the province will begin learning virtually once again after the April Break, and remote learning is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

“Moving students to remote learning will allow more time to deliver these vaccines, and we’re making tremendous progress every single day,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who notes over 3.3 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the province.

“But our best defence right now is to stay home. We need to do everything possible to get ahead of these variants. Unfortunately, that means looking at our schools. Bringing our kids back to a congregate setting after a week off in the community is a risk that I won’t take.”

Ontario says childcare for non-school-aged children will remain open, but before and after school programs will be closed. Emergency childcare for eligible healthcare and frontline workers will be provided.

“We recognize the threat posed by rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, increasing hospitalizations, and the pressure our healthcare system is facing as a result. This worrying trend will leave us in an impossible situation if we do not act immediately,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

Ontario has reported a total of 35,460 cases of COVID-19 since April 3, when the current stay-at-home orders were introduced. As well, 27 percent of all of Ontario’s schools have reported a case of the virus.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in contact with a positive case of the virus is asked to self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known.