In an emailed statement to CTV Kitchener, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said "given our overall COVID-19 situation in the region at this time", she doesn't plan to issue a Section 22 order to shutdown schools.
Children under six years of age who are not attending school will be able to continue to attend licenced childcare programs in Peel Region during the closure period but Peel Public Health says that children who are attending school will not be able to attend childcare centres or day camps so long as the order is in effect.
"We remain grateful to staff, students, and families who have taken extraordinary efforts to change their routines and carry out collective actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our school communities safe. TPH will continue to recommend early dismissal for individual schools upon investigation to protect students, staff, teachers and school communities".
Last week, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced in-class instruction and April Break would go on as planned.
The minister's office once again defended its stance on keeping students in class, saying Monday "schools remain safe with strong public health measures in place that have kept almost 99% of schools in Ontario open". "Instead, it left many feeling abandoned, frightened, and unsure about the future", ETFO President Sam Hammond said in a release.
"As of April 5, TPH is not recommending the shift to remote learning for schools in Toronto. The government, school boards and PHUs must take immediate action to ensure students and staff are safe, up to and including moving learning online, if that's what's deemed necessary", Hammond added.
The union also urged the Ford government to begin "vaccinating all essential workers today" including education workers.
680 NEWS later confirmed the letter was inaccurate, leading to the YCDSB issuing a separate letter to parents apologizing for the confusion.
The province reported 249 new COVID-19 cases across Ontario schools on Monday, including 211 student infections.