Peel Region medical officer of health to close schools for two weeks

Schools in Peel Region ordered closed for two weeks due to surging COVID-19 cases

"This closure is a necessary step to protect staff and students in Peel Region", Dr. Lawrence Loh said in a statement, exercising his discretionary powers to enact such closures under Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act.

The move comes after Peel Region's top doctor announced yesterday that schools in his region would be closing on Tuesday for two weeks.

Peel's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh made the decision alone, despite the government's previous announcement that schools would stay open during the four week provincial shut down.

In Toronto, the public health unit says it has recommended the closure of 20 schools as COVID-19 cases are investigated.

A spokesperson for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health said school closures are "an area of active discussion". If your child attends a school in Peel region, they are not allowed to attend child care centres or day camps, including those offered by child care providers, during this closure. Students at the schools in the two boards will shift to remote learning.

According to TPH, the other two schools to close are George Etienne Cartier Catholic Elementary School, run by the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, and Abu Bakr Education Academy, an Islamic elementary school run independently.


De Villa called the rising COVID-19 case rates in the city "horrific". "We've been working behind the scenes all weekend to make this happen".

"Stronger public health measures are required to reverse the surge of infection that the province now faces".

Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced the opening of another vaccine clinic on Monday but did not say it would follow in Peel's footsteps.

Toronto Public Health is not making the same move, saying earlier it will "continue to manage risk on a school-by-school basis, taking immediate and appropriate action to address these complex outbreaks".

Further decisions to extend Section 22 will be made, as required, and TPH says the return date for in-person learning will be re-evaluated and is subject to change.

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