Ontario's education minister says April break to go ahead as planned for now

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TORONTO — Ontario's education minister says the province plans to proceed with spring break for schools next month.

Stephen Lecce says the government will let families know "well in advance" if that changes following any recommendation from the province's top doctor.

The province decided earlier this year to delay the March break until April 12 in an effort to curb COVID-19 cases, saying it wanted to discourage group gatherings and travel over that time.

Lecce says the government is planning to step up safety protocols when students and staff return to in-class learning on April 19,

His comments come a day after Premier Doug Ford told reporters that he couldn't give a direct answer on whether the break would be postponed or altered.

The Toronto District School Board sent a memo to principals on Monday advising them to be prepared for the possibility that Canada's largest school board would not return to in-person learning after the break.

A TDSB spokesman says the message was sent before Ford's comments and that the school board was reminding its administrators to be prepared just in case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2021

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