Jun 02, 2021
By Christine Ross
Ontario schools will not reopen until the fall.
“Here’s what the experts couldn’t say, they couldn’t tell us that returning to in class learning before more students and teachers are vaccinated, won’t lead to thousands and thousands of new cases, in fact, we’ve seen clearly in the modelling from Dr. Brown that returning kids and teachers back to school before they’re vaccinated will lead to thousands of new cases,” explained Premier Doug Ford.
Ford also points to a worrying rise in the variants first detected in India, which is quickly becoming the dominant variant.
And he also dropped a hint about stage one of the reopening.
“And I’m so hopeful that as things are going, we may be able to enter step one safely, earlier than June 14th, right now we’re waiting for Dr. Williams and his team to tell us when we may be ready to do so.”
Ford denied he’s choosing the economy over schools. He says the government will use the summer to make sure all teachers are vaccinated.
The government is also encouraging schools to hold outdoor gatherings for graduations.
Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath says by keeping schools closed, Doug Ford is ignoring his own experts.
“Kids need to be in school, Ontario is the only province in Canada where kids are still not back in school.”