March break postponed to April 12
Ontario Education Minister, Stephen Lecce, said on Thursday that schools will delay March Break to April 12, noting the postponement limits any further disruptions to students.
“In support of our collective efforts to keep schools safe, we are postponing March break until April 12-16, 2021. This decision was made with the best advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, including consultations with many local Medical Officers of Health,” the minister said in a statement.
“Many students have been learning remotely since the start of 2021. It is critical we follow public health advice to protect schools and avoid a repeat of the concerning spike in youth-related cases over the winter break, when students and staff were out of schools for a prolonged period of time. We are taking this precaution based on advice from health experts, including the province’s Science Table and the Chief Medical Officer of Health, to help protect against the emerging COVID-19 variants of concern,” he added.
“This postponement also limits any further disruptions to students as they return to in-person learning.”
Deferring March Break, Lecce said, was done in part to prevent a repeat of the increased transmission that was seen over the holidays.