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Lecce Reportedly Asks Kids To Take Stuff Home With Them In Case They Don't Return In 2021

He sent the request in a memo to Ontario's school boards.

Having the kids home for Christmas might last a little longer than expected this year.

Ontario's Education Minister Stephen Lecce is reportedly preparing schools for the possibility of switching to fully remote learning once the winter break ends in 2021, according to a report from CityNews.

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"We are recommending that boards encourage students and staff to take home any materials that they may require for remote learning before they leave school for the holiday period so that we can continue to be ready for all scenarios,” reads the memo, according to CityNews.

And he reportedly asks school boards to make sure all children have the materials needed to learn remotely.

Back in November, Premier Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce wouldn't rule out the possibility of extending the winter break in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.*

“We have to do whatever it takes to protect the gains we've made in the ministry within our education ecosystem," Lecce said, according to the Globe and Mail, and he added that it may require "some period out of class." 

However, Lecce released a statement the next day that said he had consulted with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and they had determined extending the winter holiday was not necessary at that time.*

*This article has been updated.

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