Students to return Jan. 17


Jan. 12, 2022 

SIMCOE – Education Minister Stephen Lecce confirmed today that students will be returning to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 17. 

Several measures will be taken to help ensure student and educator safety, including providing N-95 masks to staff and three-ply masks to students, providing improved ventilation, stricter testing, and enhanced cohorting and cleaning. 

“We are doing everything possible to get students back in classrooms,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “I have heard from many residents and have passed concerns to government decision makers.”  

“We are meeting the unique challenges presented by the Omicron variant head-on as we do everything we can to support in-person learning,” said Minister Lecce. “Our government is taking nothing for granted, which is why we are launching school-based vaccination clinics, distributing millions of rapid antigen tests and have deployed non-fit-tested N95 masks to staff and three-ply masks to students.” 

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For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or