Ontario’s education minister is attempting to reassure parents and students after 46 Quebec schools got COVID-19 cases when they reopened. He says Ontario’s plan for restarting is different to Quebec's, and therefore parallels shouldn't be drawn. However, he’s asking people to remain super-vigilant when it comes to checking for symptoms before school.\nSpeaking on Saturday, September 5, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce responded to concerns about a potential COVID-19 spike when students return to school.\nEditor's Choice: Over 18,000 Travellers Have Been Turned Away At The Canadian Border Since March\nConcerns are heightened after 46 Quebec schools confirmed at least one case of COVID-19 since restarting.\nThe cases have been found across multiple facilities, including preschools, elementary schools, secondary schools and adult career centres.\nThat said, Lecce is urging residents of Ontario not to draw possible parallels.\n"We have unique differentiators in this province that they do not," he said, adding, “Not all things are equal."\nHe explained that Quebec has not made masks mandatory in classrooms, and doesn’t have the same plans to station hundreds of public health nurses in schools.\nWhile he says the province is prepared, he also urged parents and students to be vigilant when it comes to any possible COVID-19 symptoms.\nVisited schools to see first hand the comprehensive safety measures & layers of protection in place to keep kids safe.@fordnation, Dr. Williams, Dr. Huyer and I observed the professionalism, focus, & hard work of our school staff.We are grateful as we work to #KeepKidsSafe. pic.twitter.com/rSd5DfJD9y— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) September 4, 2020\nSpeaking about similar concerns back in August, Premier Doug Ford admitted that COVID-19 cases are likely to increase when schools reopen.\n“To say 'I'm confident no one's gonna catch the virus' is just not realistic,” he said.\nHowever, the Premier has said in the past that he "won't hesitate" to shut down schools again if a serious spike in cases occurred.\nView this post on Instagram We are continuing to invest in building new, safe, and modern schools for our kids. Spent a lot of time at Buttonwood growing up, so I was nostalgic to return with @fordnationdougford, @kingasurmampp, & @christine.hogarth to announce the construction of a state-of-the-art Buttonwood Elementary School & child care spaces for families in #Etobicoke. Shout-out to Kinga for always standing up for her community! A post shared by Stephen Lecce (@slecce) on Aug 25, 2020 at 2:17pm PDT\nDespite the concerns, it seems the Prime Minister has decided his children will go back to class this year.\nAfter initially admitting he was unsure whether they’d return, he shared a sweet message on his kids’ first day back, acknowledging that things were going to be pretty different for the time being.\nTrudeau confirmed that factors such as class sizes, mask-wearing and the school’s specific plan were all considered.\nOn September 5, the province confirmed 169 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario. This is the highest daily increase in six weeks.\nThe daily case-count has reached over 100 for 10 days in a row.