On May 19th, Minister of Education, Honourable Stephen Lecce, announced the schools will remain closed for the remainder of the semester.
The decision was based on protecting the children’s health and safety.
Minister of Education also have announced Ontario’s Summer Learning Plan, which is a robust plan for summer learning opportunities, including new programs and initiatives.
Some of these initiatives include:
- New upgrading courses, which will allow Grade 9-12 students to upgrade a full credit course they passed during the school year in 55 hours, rather than the normal 110 hours;
- Specific learning supports for students with special education needs and mental health needs, including access to Education Assistants, a new two-week program in skills development, learning, and routine establishment, and a summer extension of after-school programming for students with autism;
- Working with our cross-government team, we will be providing virtual opportunities for students to volunteer during the summer, which can be counted toward the community service graduation requirement.
While working aggressively to make sure Ontario’s schools and classrooms represent the safest learning environments possible, they will provide a plan for resumption of class in September in short order which will include strict safety protocols and public health measures.