Public schools will be closed for one more day in Mississauga, Brampton


Published January 17, 2022 at 9:27 pm

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The upshot of all this snow is that Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon schoolchildren in the area’s public boards will be on remote learning tomorrow.

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) announced on Monday night that “all buses and in-school instruction are cancelled” on Tuesday, Jan. 18, as the cities and region dig out from the winter storm that blanketed Southern Ontario. About 36 cm of snow fell in Mississauga, and some areas received over 50, with Oshawa setting the high for the day with 55 cm.

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“(A)ll buses and in-school instruction are cancelled,” the PDSB wrote on its Twitter account. “Parents, please do not send your child(ren) to school. All students will switch to remote learning for the day.”

The announcement followed a similar bulletin from the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. It is also shifting to remote learning for at least one extra day.

Nearby, the Toronto District School Board will have a second successive school day. But Toronto had a heavier snowfall than Peel Region.

Monday was intended to be the first day of in-person learning of the calendar year, after an announcement from the Ontario PC Party government, Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore last week. Children had been on remote learning since Jan. 5 after a two delayed provincial government announcements about the status of schools amid the Omicron-fuelled fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last day of in-person learning was on Dec. 17, just more than a week before Christmas.

During the pandemic, Ontario schoolchildren have lost about 27 weeks of in-person learning. That is the most education loss of any jurisdiction in Canada or the United States over that span.

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