With students in Haliburton set to return to class Monday, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott is thanking teachers, parents and students for their patience.

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced this week all students with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board in Haliburton will be back in class Monday. “Thank you to people in the area for keeping the case numbers down,” Scott said. She credited the work teachers and parents did over the past few months while students were learning from home.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reports there have been 46 cases of COVID-19 in Haliburton since the pandemic began with seven active cases. Scott told the MyHaliburtonNow.com newsroom the plan from the province was to get students in regions not so dramatically affected by the coronavirus back to in-class learning. She added that if Ontario was not in a lockdown, Haliburton’s region would be in the orange zone.

She assured concerned parents that all schools that will be opening to students again Monday have proper protocols in place to make sure the transition back to class goes smoothly.

“I think parents are happy and students are as well,” she added. Scott said that mental health has been a much talked about issue during the pandemic. “Going back to school for the students makes a big difference,” she said. Scott added that no one should let their guard down yet, but keeping issues like mental health in mind is important the longer the pandemic goes on.