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Workers with children scrambling as Ontario closes public schools until April 5 amid COVID 19 pandemic


March 12, 2020
By Todd Humber


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Social isolation as a result of COVID-19 has led to mental health issues for Canadians. (creativeneko/Getty Images)

Ontario has announced it will shutter all publicly funded schools for two weeks following the March break amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The break was due to begin on Saturday, March 14, and will now continue to April 5.

A joint statement from Premier Doug Ford, the health minister and the education minister says the decision is based on the advice of the province’s chief medical officer of health.

The politicians say they recognize the significant impact it will have on families, students, schools and the broader community, but it’s a necessary precaution to keep people safe.

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They say they expect to release more information for parents and students soon.

The province announced 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus today, bringing the total number in the province to 59.