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Schools in just 7 southern Ontario regions to open in-person Monday, rest stay online

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TORONTO — Schools in only seven public health units in southern Ontario can reopen to in-person learning on Monday while the rest will continue teaching students online.

Those seven public health units are Grey Bruce; Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge; Hastings and Prince Edward Counties; Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark; Peterborough; and Renfrew County.

The government says schools in all other southern Ontario public health units will continue remote learning.

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In late December, the government announced that all schools would be closed to in-person learning for the first week of the winter term.

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That closure was later extended to Jan. 25 for all schools in southern Ontario while students in northern Ontario returned to physical classrooms on Jan. 11.

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The government then declared a state of emergency on Jan. 12 and extended online learning for schools in five hot spots until Feb. 10.