Schools remain closed until at least May 31

Posted On Sunday April 26, 2020

All public schools have been ordered to remain closed until at least Sunday, May 31, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced today.

“The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials … and is part of the government's ongoing effort to stop the spread of the (COVID-19) virus,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said in a public statement.

"Regardless of what transpires over the coming weeks, Ontario's students will be able to complete their school year with confidence," added Minister Lecce. "In particular, for students in their final year, we are removing all impediments to ensure students graduate and pursue post-secondary education." 

Public schools were first ordered closed on March 13, 2020 due the coronavirus pandemic. On March 31, the Ministry of Education announced enhanced measures to ensure the continuity of student learning at home during the closure. 

To support online student engagement, Thames Valley has distributed more than 10,000 school Chromebooks and iPads to families who do not have a home computer. Another 2,000 devices have been distributed to families of students with special needs. In addition, more than 600 wireless computer devices will be distributed to families without Internet service in their homes – in both urban and rural areas of the school district. 

“Thames Valley will continue to support students and their families during this crisis,” said Mark Fisher, Director of Education. “No student should be negatively impacted due to the pandemic, as our educators focus on learning versus evaluation. If students make an effort, grades can only go up.”

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is Thames Valley’s highest priority. The Board encourages students, parent/guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and Thames Valley websites for information and resources: www.tvdsb.ca/covid19updates

Minister Lecce’s complete statement may be found at this link:  https://www.news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/04/school-closures-extended-to-keep-students-staff-and-families-safe.html

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