Some schools in Northern Ontario extend remote learning as cases rise

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Some schools in northwestern Ontario will remain closed for in-person learning as cases of COVID-19 rise.

The Northwestern Health Unit said it instructed schools in Fort Frances, Ont., to delay the return to physical classrooms until Jan. 25 due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in the community.

The Rainy River District School Board, which oversees schools in Fort Frances and surrounding areas, says eight of its schools will teach students entirely online.

Two schools under the Northwest Catholic District School Board will also remain closed and continue with online learning.

Students across Ontario began their winter term with online learning last week as part of a provincial lockdown.

The government allowed students in northern Ontario to return to physical classrooms on Monday but extended the closure of southern Ontario schools for in-person learning until Jan. 25.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 11, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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