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Ontario school closures continue until at least May 4

Ontario school closures continue until at least May 4 Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: March 31, 2020 05:21 PM

TORONTO - Canada's most populous province says school closures will last at least until May 4 and another province says schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed that Ontario's decision and Manitoba's education minister says says schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year unless health officials say they can be reopened.

"The decision to extend school closures was not made lightly. We know from the medical experts that the next two weeks will be critical in the fight against COVID-19 and that's why we're taking further action to keep our kids safe and healthy by having them stay home," Premier Ford said in a news release.

"At the same time, we cannot put the school year in jeopardy. That's why we're providing additional tools for at-home learning and ensuring students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to postsecondary education can finish their academic year and get the credits they need to graduate," Ford said.

School boards have been working on plans to help children learn from home.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault, meanwhile, is warning the province could run out of some kinds of medical supplies in three to seven days. He made the announcement as the total number of cases in Quebec rose to 4,162, which is an increase of 732 from yesterday. Canada has more than 7,708 cases, including 89 deaths.

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