Niagara students may return to in-class learning Jan. 25, but on-line learning could be extended

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Parents of school-aged children in the Niagara region will know by Jan. 20 if their kids will return to in-class schooling.

Students are scheduled to return to schools on Jan. 25 since online learning was imposed under province-wide lockdown

Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a new stay-at-home order today. He said schools in areas without major outbreaks, such as the Niagara Region, are scheduled to re-open Jan. 25, but with the caveat that the plan could change based on COVID-19 modeling in each public health unit. Before-school and after-school programs can be offered when in-person instruction resumes. 

Schools in Toronto, Peel, Windsor-Essex, York, and Hamilton will continue online learning until Feb. 10. 

Masking for Grade 1 to Grade 3 students will be implemented. There will also be a requirement for mask-wearing outdoors.

The government will also implement new health and safety measures in Ontario child care settings, such as enhanced screening to align with school requirements, voluntary participation in targeted testing, and additional infection prevention and control measures.