Canada: Ontario confirms students are returning to government daycare facilities on Monday

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Students in Canada’s largest province will return to classrooms Monday, and teachers and staff will be provided with non-fitted N95 masks, officials confirmed Wednesday. The provincial government had said earlier this month that online learning would run until at least Jan. 17 because of a surge in infections with the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Ontario students have spent more time learning online during the pandemic than their peers elsewhere in Canada and the U.S. Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce confirmed students will return to classrooms Monday after reports surfaced earlier this week. Students and staff in Ontario schools will each eventually get two rapid tests to use if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. Officials said parents will not be notified of an outbreak at their child’s school until there is 30% absenteeism rate among staff and students.” (01/13/22)