On Monday, Ford's government announced that all Ontario schools would move to remote learning after April break.
This announcement came only one day after Education Minister Stephen Lecce claimed that schools were safe and would remain open.
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Premier Ford, Minister @celliottability, and Minister @Sflecce make an Announcement https://t.co/pwR6ikfL7z— Doug Ford (@Doug Ford) 1618254175.0
As per Monday's announcement, all elementary and secondary schools in the province will move to remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19, 2021.
"Bringing our kids back to a congregate setting in schools, after a week off in the community, is a risk that I won't take," said Premier Ford.
As of April 12, almost 27% of schools in Ontario are reporting COVID-19 cases.
Stephen Lecce assured Ontarians schools are safe
On Sunday, April 11, Stephen Lecce posted an open letter to his social media, assuring Ontarians that schools remain safe.
Lecce listed precautions being taken by schools, including screening, enhanced cleaning measures, asymptomatic testing, additional COVID-19 training sessions and the directive to hold classes outdoor when possible.
He encouraged staff and students to take part in asymptomatic testing during April break before heading back to class.
Just over 24 hours later, Doug Ford announced that, due to an increase in cases and hospitalizations across Ontario, schools would move to remote learning after April break.