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Report: Grey Bruce students going back to class next week

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Huron-Perth, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph schools to remain online for now

 TORONTO – Some local students will be returning to the classroom next week.

The Toronto Star is reporting that seven public health unit regions – Grey Bruce, Haliburton/Kawartha/Pine Ridge, Peterborough, Hastings/Prince Edward, Lees/Grenville/Lanark, Renfrew, and Kingston/Frontenac/Lennox and Addington – will return to in-class learning on Jan. 25.

Students in all other southern Ontario public health units, including Huron-Perth and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, will remain in online learning.

Dr. Nicola Mercer, medical offer of health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, confirmed in a press release that schools in that region will remain online for at least one more week.

“I know everyone wants schools open for in-person learning as soon as it is safe,” said Mercer. “Teachers and parents are keenly aware of the value our children get from being able to gather together with their teachers and classmates and the pressure that remote learning places on educators and families. I share these sentiments.”

Added Mercer, “Cases are declining in the region. We are doing the difficult work of bringing COVID back down to levels where we can safely reopen schools, but we are simply not there yet.”

Neither the Grey Bruce Health Unit nor Huron Perth Public Health have issued a statement regarding schools as of 5:09 p.m. today.

According to the latest figures, the seven health unit regions that are reopening schools next week have the lowest cases per 100,000 population per week in the southern end of Ontario.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit reported on Wednesday there are 30 active cases in the region. By comparison, Huron Perth Public Health reported 149 active cases on Wednesday, while Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph reported 416 active cases (264 of which are in the City of Guelph).

More to come.