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More Ontario schools reopen to in-person learning

Desks are arranged to maintain physical distancing between students in this elementary classroom. UNSPLASH
Summary

Students in 13 public health units, including Hamilton and Windsor, will return to physical classrooms


In three COVID-19 hot spots -- Toronto, Peel and York Region -- schools will remain closed until Feb. 16


The province allowing those in northern Ontario and rural areas to resume in-person learning first


More of Ontario’s schools are reopening to in-person learning on Monday.

Students in 13 public health units, including Hamilton and Windsor, will return to physical classrooms.

But in three COVID-19 hot spots — Toronto, Peel and York Region — schools will remain closed until Feb. 16.

All students in Ontario began January with online learning as part of a provincial lockdown.

The province then took a staggered approach to reopening schools, allowing those in northern Ontario and rural areas to resume in-person learning first.


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Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the government is taking a number of steps to enhance safety in schools, such as more stringent screening for high schoolers and asymptomatic testing across the province.