WINNIPEG -- Remote learning has been extended for another two weeks in one part of northwestern Ontario due to rising cases of COVID-19.

According to a news release from the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), in-person learning for schools in Fort Frances, Ont., will be delayed until at least Jan. 25.

This mandate affects the following schools:

  • St. Mary’s School;
  • Our Lady of the Way School – Stratton;
  • J.W. Walker Public School;
  • Robert Moore School;
  • Donald Young School;
  • Fort Frances Intermediate School and High School;
  • Crossroads Public School – Devlin;
  • Mine Centre Public School – Mine Centre; and
  • Seven Generations Secondary School.

Exceptions will be made for students with special education needs who can’t be accommodated through remote learning and who want to receive in-person instruction.

“It is understood that this is a significant disruption to families in Fort Frances, but the numbers seen this weekend in the community can’t be ignored,” the NWHU said in the release.

“The risk of COVID-19 is very real, there is evidence of community transmission, and keeping these schools in virtual learning at this time can reduce the risk of further infections. “

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical officer of health, said they are monitoring the situation in other communities and they will take any necessary measures.

This extension doesn’t apply to daycares.