The Government of Ontario is closing all publicly-funded schools in the province for an additional two weeks after March Break because of concerns about COVID-19/coronavirus.

This means schools will start March Break next Monday, March 16, and will open again on Monday, April 6.

Today in a statement, the province said, “We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on families, students, schools, as well as the broader community, but this precaution is necessary to keep people safe.”

They are basing their decision on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams.

Ontario has, as of this writing, 59 cases of COVID-19, with 17 cases having been confirmed just today.

UPDATE, MARCH 14: the childcare programs at Peel Board facilities are closed during the coronavirus shutdown.

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