With Ontario Premier Doug Ford announcing a province-wide shutdown as of 12:01 a.m. on Boxing Day, students and their families will see changes to their holiday and new year schedules.

Students began their Christmas Break on December 18, and it’s set to end on January 4.

Northern Ontario will only see a two week lockdown, opposed to one month elsewhere in the province, and seven area school boards, including those in the Northwestern Health Unit area, will be allowed to resume in-person instruction as of January 11.

This means that local students will return to their virtual learning platforms as of January 4, and all elementary and secondary students will be asked to learn virtually until January 11.

"While our schools are not a source of rising community transmission, we can play an important part of the solution to save lives from COVID-19," said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

"During this period, students will pivot to teacher-led online learning, with child care provided for our frontline workers. We are taking proactive and preventative action to protect schools following the holiday break to ensure kids can continue in-class learning — something we believe is so important — for the remainder of the year."

All before and after school programming will be closed until January 8, and childcare for healthcare and frontline workers will be provided.

School boards will be required to make arrangements to continue in-person learning for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning.

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