It is a mishmash at rural faculties exterior Ottawa, with some allowed to open and others closed

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College students attending faculties situated within the Japanese Ontario Well being Unit should stay studying remotely at residence, whereas these within the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Well being Unit can return to colleges on Jan. 25.

Which means, as an example, that South Edwardsburg Public Faculty in Johnstown is open Monday, whereas 18 kilometres additional alongside the Saint Lawrence River, Iroquois Public Faculty can be closed.

The state of affairs is additional difficult on the Higher Canada board as a result of excessive faculties within the areas allowed to open for in-person lessons on Jan. 25 will as a substitute stay closed till Feb. 2 to permit college students to complete their semester with out disruption or a change in school cohorts.

The boundaries have to be drawn someplace, in fact. It is smart to make use of public well being items as a result of native medical officers of well being can difficulty health-related orders of their jurisdictions along with any guidelines imposed by the province. The medical officer of well being in Windsor-Essex, for instance, ordered all faculties closed in that district for every week earlier than the Christmas break as a result of COVID-19 circumstances had been rising quickly.

It creates problems for the college boards, although, and for folks. For instance, kids who stay in a no-schools-open well being unit space however attend college in an space the place faculties are open can return to class, the Higher Canada District Faculty Board defined within the letter.

It’s an identical state of affairs on the two French-language boards that function faculties in Ottawa and surrounding rural areas and on the Catholic District Faculty Board of Japanese Ontario. Some faculties might open on Monday, whereas others will stay closed. Faculty board web sites will publish that info.

The province didn’t clarify the way it selected the seven areas that may reopen faculties, aside from saying the choice was made on the premise of recommendation from the province’s chief medical officer of well being.

However all seven areas have comparatively low charges of COVID-19, with fewer than 40 circumstances every week per 100,000 inhabitants, notes Ryan Imgrund, a highschool instructor and biostatistician who has acted as a guide for Ottawa Public Well being. He posts day by day statistical updates on Twitter.