It seems like Ontario's students won't be heading back to school any time soon. On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford announced during a press briefing that the province's students would not be going back to class on May 4, despite initial plans. A new return date for Ontario schools is yet to be announced.

Speaking to the media on April 14, Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed that students in the province would not be returning to school on May 4.

The provincial government previously said that public schools would be closed at least until May 1 for teachers, and May 4 for students.

However, Ford stated on Tuesday that this would no longer be the case, due to the extended state of emergency in Ontario.

The premier did note, however, that despite this latest update there is still no word as to whether or not the school year will be cancelled.

“So school will not be going back on May 4th and the Education Minister will be talking further on this in the next couple days,” Ford explained during the press briefing.

Ford went on to clarify that, despite this latest update, the fate of the school year remains undecided. 

“That does not mean the year is cancelled,” he confirmed.

This is the second time the date for schools reopening in Ontario has been delayed. 

Education Minister Stephen Lecce is expected to provide more information and further clarification in the coming days

This comes after the provincial government extended its state of emergency declaration for an additional 28 days.

On Monday, Ford announced that all non-essential businesses will remain closed into the month of May, and current physical distancing protocol will remain in place.

The extension means Ontario's emergency orders will remain in effect until at least May 12.

As Ontario is expected to reach its COVID-19 peak this week, the province continues to urge people to follow the government's latest social distancing protocol.

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