Extension of winter break for Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon students neither confirmed nor ruled out

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Published December 15, 2021 at 12:44 pm

There is currently no word on whether the winter break will be extended for students in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon.

During a press conference on Wednesday (December 15), Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, said the focus is on finishing the fall term.

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“At this point in time, we’re really focused on getting through the fall term,” Dr. Loh said.

“We have seen an increase in exposures and outbreaks in our school system, resulting in some school closures,” he said. “A lot of this reflects, as I’ve mentioned, the increasing rates within our community, and the increasing spread and transmissibility of the Omicron variant.”

As the number of cases have increased with the emergence of the Omicron variant, some parents have reportedly been asked to bring all their children’s personal belongings home with them.

As a result, many fear students will be forced to return to online, remote learning to start the new year in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

While he couldn’t say whether that will be the case, Dr. Loh did advise parents to book an appointment to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible if they have not yet done so.

“With the emergence of this new variant, it’s really important for parents to protect their children ages five to 11 by getting them vaccinated,” he said.

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