Loading articles...

Peel, York school boards close schools due to snowstorm, schools open in Toronto

Last Updated Feb 16, 2021 at 9:08 am EST

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

The three regions are the last in Ontario to have students return to physical classrooms


A more detailed COVID-19 screening form must be filled out by students or their guardians every day before school


The province is also expanding asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at schools


In-person classes were to resume Tuesday at schools in the COVID-19 hotspots of Toronto, Peel Region and York Region; however, boards in two regions closed schools due to the snowstorm.

School boards in those three regions were restarting in-person lessons after a stretch of online learning that began in January as part of a provincial lockdown.

The Peel District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, York District School Board and York Catholic District School Board cancelled school buses and closed schools because of the weather. However, virtual learning will continue.

The Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School board cancelled school buses but the schools will be open.

The three regions were the last in Ontario to have students return to physical classrooms — the provincial government allowed other regions to reopen shuttered schools in phases over the last few weeks.

A more detailed COVID-19 screening form must now be filled out by students or their guardians every day before coming to school.


RELATED: Students in Toronto, Peel, and York returning to school on Feb. 16: Lecce


Students in Grade 1 and above will also be required to follow provincial health guidelines and wear a mask whenever they’re indoors and during outdoor recess when physical distancing is not possible.

The province is also expanding asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at schools.