Schools Closed Until At Least May

Tuesday March 31st, 2020

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The Ontario government announced that public funded schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1st, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4th, 2020. As these dates come closer, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice.

Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13th, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time. Select centres designated to support frontline health care workers and first responders will remain open.

“The decision to extend school closures was not made lightly. We know from the medical experts that the next two weeks will be critical in the fight against COVID-19 and that’s why we’re taking further action to keep our kids safe and healthy by having them stay home,” said Premier Doug Ford. “At the same time, we cannot put the school year in jeopardy. That’s why we’re providing additional tools for at-home learning and ensuring students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to postsecondary education can finish their academic year and get the credits they need to graduate.”

The second phase of Learn at Home features a new set of expectations for the education community, including reconnecting students with teachers and other school staff, including mental health workers.

Re-establishing teacher-led learning by grade groupings as follows:

  • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy and math)
  • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week (focus on literacy, math, science and social studies)
  • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week (focus on math, literacy, science and social studies)
  • Grades 9-12: three hours of work per course per week for semestered students; 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students (focus on achieving credits/completion/graduation).

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