All publicly-funded schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least May 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Minister Stephen Lecce has announced.
Yesterday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce made the announcement, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table and is part of the government’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of the virus. The advice was to extend school closures for an additional period of time to permit updated modelling and data to inform next steps.
This extends closures which were initially put into place following March Break, and originally extended to May 4th. While a number of other provinces have announced the cancellation of in-person classes for the rest of the year, Ontario has so far refused to do the same. The province has also said that all students will still receive final marks.
In the meantime all affected Ontario students will continue to Learn at Home.
There was information circulating that Private schools, First Nation schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will remain closed only until May 6, 2020, with certain exceptions for licensed care. But this is due to an emergency order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which only allows closures to be extended for 14 days at a time. The possibility of the next extension being taken is still there.
If you would like to know more about the announcement you can find it at ontario.ca