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Online-only learning set to continue in Waterloo Region

Schools in seven southern Ontario regions are allowed to open for in-person learning on Monday, the rest will stay online
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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, including in Waterloo Region.

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

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.

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

The University of Waterloo announced on Wednesday that online learning will continue through the spring term. 

It will also start one week later than scheduled, on May 10. 

Some courses, activities, and supports at UW will still be available in-person. 

Wilfrid Laurier University also provided an update and stated the majority of its students will continue learning remotely. 

A statement on its website said, "Given the continued public health risks presented by COVID-19 in Ontario, the safest approach for our university community is to continue to offer undergraduate and graduate courses through primarily remote and online delivery for the spring, intersession and summer terms."

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With files from KitchenerToday staff 

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