Publicly-Funded Schools Remain Closed until at least May 29, 2020Published on April 27, 2020
On Sunday, April 26, Minister Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 29, 2020, 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 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 government is taking a careful approach which provides our medical experts the time to review the modelling and make the best decision for the safety of our students and the future of learning. Regardless of what transpires over the coming weeks, Ontario's students will be able to complete their school year with confidence.
For students in their final year, the government is removing all impediments to ensure students graduate and pursue post-secondary education. The government will also move forward to replace the remainder of Professional Activity (PA) days and examination days with instructional time and introduce an expanded summer learning program that will focus on credit recovery, supports for vulnerable students, and course upgrading. Boards are to find solutions at the local level in keeping with this direction while upholding collective agreement obligations.
The government will do whatever it takes to keep our students safe.