Rising COVID-19 cases spark talk of widespread school closures, extending holiday break

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Rising COVID-19 cases, including inside Canadian schools, are sparking debate about the potential for another widespread school shutdown, with some proposing extensions to the upcoming holiday break. But determining if and when schools should close, and for how long, remains a moving target.

As of Wednesday, Nunavut becomes the first among Canada’s provinces and territories to shut schools across the board once again. All the territory’s classrooms are closed for at least two weeks, with teachers delivering instruction remotely, after its COVID-19 caseload more than doubled from a day earlier to a high of 60 cases on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the premiers of Manitoba and Quebec have acknowledged they’re considering extending the upcoming school holiday beyond the two weeks already scheduled.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who on Monday called closing in-person schools again the last resort, cautioned against assuming an extended winter break is inevitable, at his daily news briefing Tuesday.

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