Today, the Government of Ontario announced it will be keeping schools closed for the rest of this school year. Students that were to graduate from Secondary School before schools were closed will still be able to graduate and all students will receive report cards. Announcements about the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year are scheduled for the end of June.
“Nothing is more important than protecting our kids in this province, bar none over anything,” said Premier Ford. “Today’s announcement gives parents certainty, knowing that their children can continue to learn safely at home and that we have a plan for child care as we work to gradually reopen more of our economy when it is safe to do so.”
To ensure students remain on track for the 2020-21 school year, the province also unveiled a seven-point summer learning plan. Included in this plan was an expanded online learning program for students to continue their learning through the summer months.
- The Ontario government is transforming elementary and secondary education to create more fluency with digital learning and literacy, provide equitable access provincewide to high-quality online courses, and improve teacher capacity to support remote learning.
- On March 20, 2020, the Ministry of Education unveiled the Learn at Home / Apprendre à la maison portal, which includes resources for families and students while schools remain closed. The portal has received 3.35 million views to date.
- Nearly 25,000 teachers have taken the Ministry of Education professional development program on virtual and synchronous learning.
- On May 9, 2020, the government introduced a plan to support child care operators during the emergency period so that spaces remain protected for parents as they return to the labour market.
- Ontario is helping parents pay for the extra costs associated with school and child care closures during the COVID-19 outbreak through the Support for Families initiative, a one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs, including children enrolled in private schools. To date, the province has supported approximately 1.23 million children and youth in Ontario.
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- “Health and Safety Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed.” News.ontario.ca, Government of Ontario, 19 May 2020, news.ontario.ca/health-and-safety-top-priority-as-schools-remain-closed
- The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “A Letter to Ontario’s Parents from the Minister of Education.” Ontario.ca, Government of Ontario, 19 May 2020, www.ontario.ca/letter-ontarios-parents-minister-education