COVID-19: Schools and Daycares


  • UPDATE: On March 31, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Education extended the closure of all publicly-funded schools in Ontario until May 4, 2020. The closure may be extended if necessary to protect the health and safety of students, families and staff.
    • Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time. Select centres designated to support frontline health care workers and first responders will remain open.
  • The Centre for Disease Control is currently working on additional guidance to help schools determine when and how to re-open their buildings to students.

Learning From Home

With school closures extended until at least May 4, 2020, local and district school boards will be implementing online learning for students (and offering hard copy versions).  Visit individual school board websites below for more details:

The Province of Ontario has also put together a list of resources to support learning at home:

  • English and French-language materials will continue to be added to the Learn at Home online portal on a regular basis to provide new and compelling content throughout this period. This online portal will provide resources for families so students (K-12) can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
  • TVO Kids offers educational programming throughout the day for school-aged children. See their broadcast schedule. TFO also offers a range of educational programming in French throughout the day for school-aged children. L’horaire de diffusion est disponible ici.
  • TVO Kids also has YouTube Channels dedicated to STEM and literacy programs.
  • Mathify provides real-time homework help led by OCT certified educators for students between Grades 6-10, six days a week, including weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Eurêka! provides online learning support in French to students in Grades 1-12 with their school work and learning.



Licensed Daycares

  • As of March 17, 2020, all licensed daycares were instructed to close as part of the Declaration of Emergency.
  • Guidance on how and when to re-open daycares is being developed.

Day Care for Frontline Staff

  • On March 22, 2020, the government of Ontario announced plans to exempt certain child care centres from the order to close all licensed child care centres so that health care and other frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police and correctional officers will be able to access safe, local emergency child care.
  • The number of centres that can re-open will be restricted along with the number of children in any one centre.
  • These child care centres will be required to follow existing health and safety requirements and have a plan in place should any staff, children or parents be exposed to the virus.
  • A list of emergency child care centres will be available here, once opened.
  • The Ontario Government is collaborating with service system managers, health, First Nations and other partners to provide these emergency child care services.

New guidance documents for Emergency Child Care Services and Industry Operators have been developed and uploaded on the ministry website.

Unlicensed Home-Based Daycares

  • As of March 17, 2020, unlicensed, home-based daycares are not required to close.
  • Unlicensed home-based daycares are limited to 5 children (including the providers’ own children).


Additional Resources

For more information on COVID-19 visit the COVID-19 topics of interest webpage.

Last Updated: 02/04/2020