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Ontario Schools and Overnight Camps Cancelled

Ontario Schools Closed May 19 2020
Ontario Schools and Overnight Camps Cancelled
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All Ontario schools are closed for the remainder of this school year (end of June 2020).  Overnight Camps will not be allowed to operate this summer. At the same time, the  plan is for schools to re-open for the 2020-21 school year.

For the remainder of the summer child care operators and day camps (indoor and outdoor) are expected to re-open, as long as the cases of new deaths, and new cases of COVID-19 continue to decline.

“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.”

All students who were on track to graduate from secondary school before the initial school closure order was made in March will be able to graduate, and all students will receive report cards.

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The plan is for Summer Day Camps to operate during July and August, if the current trend continues. Photo Credit: Rafaela Biazi

Later this summer, the government will announce a plan to strengthen learning and safety protocols to enable students and staff to return to in-class instruction for the 2020-21 school year. That plan will be bolstered by an enhanced province-wide virtual learning program that will allow all students to learn, regardless of the challenges that may transpire in the coming months.

Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed through Stage 1 of the Framework for Reopening the ProvinceEmergency child care will continue to provide support for health care and other frontline workers.

A gradual reopening of child care is expected to begin when the province is ready to transition to Stage 2 based on public health criteria, which will include robust safety protocols for the safety of Ontario’s youngest learners and their staff.

“We will never waver from our commitment to keep your child safe, while learning at home,” said Minister Lecce. “Our plan will ensure students receive the best educational experience, both inside and outside the classroom, during this difficult time. That is why we are strengthening summer learning opportunities, reopening summer day camps, and it is why we will continue to make the case for synchronous, live, and dynamic learning.”

An expanded seven-point summer learning plan was announced which will allow students to continue their learning through the summer months.

To support at-home learning, the government is leveraging all tools, resources, technologies and services to assist school boards deliver equitable and effective learning through access to technology and Internet connectivity, especially for students in rural and remote parts of Ontario. To help improve access to remote learning, Ontario is partnering with 34 organizations and private businesses, along with school boards, to address key needs among educators, students and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ontario has worked to identify and make available low-cost, high-impact solutions that can significantly improve the Learn at Home experience now and into the future. Access to digital learning resources, supports for special education needs and mental health, as well as Internet connectivity and access to devices have all been identified by school boards and other stakeholders as urgent needs during the current closure of Ontario schools.

These organizations and businesses were identified through a call for proposals on the Ontario Together website between March 31, 2020 and April 21, 2020.

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