Niagara students will not return to in-class learning next week

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It’s at least another week of remote learning for students across the Niagara region, and maybe longer.

There is no date for when they will return to in-class lessons.

“The province has confirmed that elementary and secondary students in Niagara will not be returning to in-person learning on January 25. Students will continue with remote learning as they have been doing for the last several weeks,” said a District School Board of Niagara announcement.

Online learning for elementary and high school students was supposed to end on Friday with a return to the classroom on Monday.

“Currently, we do not know when the province anticipates students will be coming back to in-person learning. We will keep you apprised of any information as it becomes available,” said the DSBN announcement.

That’s not true however for all Ontario students. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Ministry of Education confirmed that students in the following public health units will resume in-class learning on Jan. 25:

  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Health Unit
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit

“On the advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is allowing seven public health units and over 100,000 students to return to class on Monday, January 25,” said Stephen Lecce, the province’s education minister.

Students in the regions of Toronto, Peel, York, Windsor-Essex and Hamilton were previously advised that they would not be returning to the classroom until at least Feb. 10, while schools in northern Ontario reopened for in-person instruction on Jan. 11.