Several schools in the Durham and Toronto area were closed Tuesday to students and staff without access to power after a storm swept through Ontario over the long holiday weekend, leaving many in the dark for several days.
The city of Uxbridge, east of Toronto, has declared a local state of emergency over storm damage, with some buildings reduced to rubble and streets blocked by uprooted trees, downed power lines and broken telephone poles.
The Durham District School Board (DDSB) says seven schools will not be open: Uxbridge Secondary School, Uxbridge Public School, Joseph Gould Public School in Uxbridge, Goodwood Public School in Uxbridge, Lincoln Avenue Public School in Ajax, EA Fairman Public School in Whitby, and Valley View Public School in Pickering.
There will be no virtual learning for students in those schools, as many students may still be without power, the school board said.
“The decision to close these schools has been taken to protect the health and safety of students, parents/guardians and staff, as electricity is needed to run a school safely,” the board said in a statement released Monday. issued.
The school board says it expects all schools to reopen on Wednesday.
“School administrators and DDSB service providers will clear fallen trees, broken branches and debris in school yards. There may be some changes at break and lunch time based on this impact,” the DDSB noted.
The Toronto District School Board said AY Jackson Secondary School will also be closed Tuesday due to power outages. The students are expected to participate in asynchronous learning that day.
Saturday’s storm caused wind speeds of up to 132 km/h, knocking down power lines and cutting down trees. At least 10 people across Ontario have been killed as a result of the powerful storm.
Our crews and utilities continue to turn the lights back on for the 196,000 customers without power. It’s been a rough few days with widespread damage and outages, and we’re doing everything we can to rebuild the network as safely and efficiently as possible #ONstorm pic.twitter.com/wJmJsbCbY6
While Environment Canada issued a warning of the storm, the fast-moving system surprised many.
The storm has shut down the hydroelectric plant for 500,000 people and more than 150,000 people are still without power on Tuesday morning, a Hydro One spokesperson said.