Catholic students in Brockville return to class this week


Some Catholic students in Brockville and many across Ontario will begin to return to class Tuesday for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tuesday marks the first day of school for some students in the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, as all students are being welcomed back over the course of three days this week. 

The province closed all schools on March 13 after COVID-19 cases began to rise and Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Friday he was confident schools are safe to return.  

"Everyone is focused on this and we all have skin in the game and we need to get this right and we lead in so many aspects in Ontario with a safe, comprehensive protocol," Lecce said. 

Some boards in different parts of the province will also re-open schools Tuesday, while others will begin to restart over the next two weeks.

Students in the Upper Canada District School will begin to return to class on a staggered basis throughout the week from Sept. 14 to Sept. 18. 

Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark said recently she was confident in schools re-opening because the risk of COVID-19 remains low with low case numbers and protocols have been put in place at all area schools. She reminded parents and others to remain vigilant and follow public health guidance.