"York Region Public Health feels strongly our pre-determined criteria for school reopening have been met; the risks and harms to children and families of continued school closures outweigh arguments of continued closures", Kurji said.
In the letter Ford says that his government understands "the mental health, academic and other challenges some students have faced with at-home learning, particularly those from low-income, racialized and high needs neighbourhoods".
They also said some schools should be allowed to reopen.
In an open letter, which sparked criticism the premier was ducking his decision-making responsibility, Ford asked dozens of recipients whether returning to physical classrooms could be done safely.
"We've reopened golf courses, we've reopened basketball courts, we've reopened tennis courts - Premier Ford, now is the time to reopen schools", said Watson. "Keeping children safe is our foremost consideration, which is why as experts in health, public health and education we are seeking your perspective".
"This is astonishing to me that we're hearing public musings from the chief medical officer of health about reopening schools when there has been no proposed plan (and) there has been absolutely no transparency around the metrics upon which they're basing this", Bischof said in an interview.More news: New Zealand extends pause on travel bubble with Australia's Victoria state_china
Ford is seeking input on whether one dose for teachers is sufficient, whether in-class learning should be considered an indoor gathering under the reopening framework, and how much of a threat is posed by the B.1.617 variant first discovered in India.
The premier essentially makes the case for why he thinks schools shouldn't be open before asking for advice.
In the letter, Ford said his government is expecting new modelling to suggest that a return to the classroom could result in daily case counts rising to between 2,000 and 4,000 cases by the end of July. It notes a lack of consensus on how, when and whether schools should reopen.
Ford did address the school situation during his remarks.
De Villa also says studies have shown transmission risk appears to be low where there are comprehensive COVID-19 measures in place.
The medical officers in Toronto and Peel Region said, however, that they were still watching to see if COVID-19 cases dropped further.More news: Cummings opens fire on ministers over pandemic
Is the reopening of schools for in person learning safe for education staff?
The modelling from the Ontario Science Table has suggested that reopening schools will lead to an increase in cases in the province of Ontario, is this acceptable and safe?
"If we were directed by the ministry to return to in-person learning this school year, we should be able to get up and running relatively quickly - perhaps a few days", Ryan Bird said.
Is the reopening of schools for in person learning safe for students? I want other educational workers to weigh in. Is this concern not shared by medical experts in Ontario? He cites provincial stats showing that while 62% of the adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, just 41% of teachers have received that level of protection.
On Friday, The Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) also issued a letter of their own, saying schools should be the last to close and the first to open. Should indoor school instruction resume before then?More news: NY prosecutors probing Trump form grand jury