Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School Closures

Please note that this FAQ is a working resource. We will do our best to update the information below as we receive confirmation and clarification. Thank you for your patience as we work through this evolving situation. 

Students and Instruction
When will students be back in school?

The Ontario government announced that due to the continued spread of COVID-19, all publicly-funded schools in Ontario will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020.

This date will be revaluated as we approach these dates and the closure may be extended based on direction from public health.

For more on today’s announcement, please read Minister of Education Stephen Lecce’s letter to parents and guardians. (Letter from the Minister in French.)

Will students be provided with online learning opportunities during the closure?
View our Learn at Home section for more infomation and resources.
My child has been asked by their teacher to access their Google email/Google Classroom but they don't know their login. How can we get this information?
Visit out Technology and Software Support page for more information.
Will the OSSLT be cancelled?

Effective March 17, the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) is cancelled and has been waived for graduating students who do not yet have the literacy requirement. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the test in the upcoming 2020-21 school year. 

Will EQAO Assessments be cancelled?

All EQAO assessments scheduled for the 2019-20 school year are cancelled.

My 40 hours of community service has been cancelled. How will this impact my graduation?
The graduation requirement to complete 40 hours of community involvement is suspended for this school year. Community involvement hours that have been completed will be reported on the final report cards of graduating students. ​

Will students be at risk of not graduating?

This closure will not impact secondary school graduation.
Will this impact mid-term marks?
Students will not be penalized for missed work or assessments.
Will mid-terms be postponed?
This is being reviewed and an update will be communicated shortly.
My current mark is low and I was looking to improve it before the mid-term marks are in. Will this closure impact my marks?
We will be reviewing this to ensure there is as little negative impact to students as possible.
Will this impact college and university applications? 

Please visit the following sites for more information:

Will co-op placements continue during this time?
All co-op placements are cancelled during this time.
Should students in Dual Credit programs attend their college/university classes?
No. These programs are cancelled during this time.
Are field trips cancelled?
All field trips are cancelled for the remainder of the school year.
​Will Adult and Continuing Education classes and programs continue?

Visit our Adult and Continuing Education page for information on the following programs:
Credit Programs: Adult Day Credit, Personal Support Worker, Self Study
Non-Credit Programs: English as a Second Language (ESL), International Languages K to 8, Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS).

Will the school year be extended into the summer months?
We have not received this direction from the Ministry of Education. The decision to extend the school year would be made by them. 
Will International Language programs continue?
Visit our Adult and Continuing Education page for more information.
Will the Internationa​l Baccalaureate program be impacted?
For updates on the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, speak to your IB coordinator. Or, for more information: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates
Will school athletic and artistic competitions continue?
All athletic and artistic competitions and practices are cancelled until May 4, 2020.

Building Access/Operations

 Is access to schools or other sites available for students or the public?

All Thames Valley buildings are closed to the public and operating with minimal essential staff only.

If a student needs access to an essential item (i.e. medication, personal device) please call the school and leave a detailed message.

Will school grounds be closed to the public?
On March 30th it was announced that Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. 

Staff

Will school staff be expected to be at work?
Yes, while our schools are closed, all Administrators, Teachers and School Support Staff will be working virtually to best provide distance learning for all of our students. Custodial staff will continue to ensure our facilities are kept clean and safe while they are being periodically accessed for resources.
Will contract teachers be paid during this time?
Yes.
Will non-teaching staff be paid during this time?
Yes.
Will Casual Staff be paid during this time?
Regrettably this staffing group willnot be paid after April 5.

Board/Committee/Task Force Meetings

Are Committee/Task Force meetings still occurring?

All Committee/Task Force meetings, with the exception of Board meetings and SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) have been cancelled. 

The Board meetings will not be open to members of the public, however, they will be streamed. Information on how to view the Board meeting will be posted on our home page prior to the meeting.

Child Care centres

Will child care centres in Thames Valley board schools continue to operate?
All child care centres located within Thames Valley schools are closed until May 4, 2020.
Will EarlyON and Child and Family Centres and London Family Centres be closed?
All EarlyON and Child and Family Centres, and London Family Centres are closed until April 13, 2020.

Community Use, Job Interviews and Other Questions

Is Community Use of Schools cancelled?
All Community Use of Schools is cancelled until May 4, 2020.
Will permits be cancelled?

All permits are cancelled until May 4, 2020.

I had a job interview scheduled between March 15 and April 5. Will it still occurr?
All job interviews scheduled between now and April 5 have been cancelled. Your interview will be rescheduled.

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