Waterloo Region's top doctor has asked parents and school boards to prepare for a possible switch to online learning following the April break.
"This would never be a decision made lightly," said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, in an e-mail statement to 570 NEWS.
Dr. Wang said local case rates have started to increase in the last couple days, "and we are at risk for the rapid acceleration seen in other communities."
She said Region of Waterloo Public Health will work closely with school boards "so there is as much advance notice as possible" if schools are required to close to in-person learning.
"For children's health and learning needs, schools should be the last to close and the first to open," said Dr. Wang.
She added public health will continue to monitor our local situation closely.
UPDATE: Statement from Dr. Wang on schools in WR - "Parents and schools should prepare for the possibility that there may be the need to switch to online learning following the April break." pic.twitter.com/aDFsnlcp5l— Erin Anderson (@erinbailey_a) April 7, 2021