All publicly-funded and private schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. On June 19, 2020 the Ministry of Education released their School Safety Plan for the 2020-21 school year. Boards of Education are being asked to prepare for three different scenarios and parents will have a choice as to whether to send their child back to school or to participate in remote education. Read more in the news release Ontario Prepares for the Safe Reopening of Schools.
The province also unveiled an expanded seven-point summer learning plan to ensure Ontario students have every opportunity to continue their learning through the summer months. EarlyON programs remain closed at this time.
The Ontario government has developed a plan for the gradual and safe resumption of in-person instruction at postsecondary institutions across the province for the summer term. For more details see the news release Ontario Unveils a Plan to Reopen Postsecondary Education.
The Ontario Government approved an emergency order that enables available school board employees to be voluntarily redeployed to congregate care settings during the pandemic (i.e. hospitals, LTC homes, retirement homes, women’s shelters). For details, see the news release Ontario enables school employees to be redeployed to congregate care settings.
Regular childcare centres are able to re-open with strict health and safety policies and procedures. Read Ontario Helping Parents Return to Work: Province Reopening Child Care with Strict Protocols to Keep Kids and Staff Safe for more information.
The reopening of child care will be guided by public health advice to keep children, families and child care workers safe. Before they reopen:
- centres must meet all health and safety requirements
- centres must meet all operational requirements
- child care providers must have training in place on the new health and safety measures and protocols
Although home child care providers have been able to stay open, they must also adhere to these enhanced health and safety requirements.
Resource documents for childcare operators and employees are available:
- TBDHU Policy and Procedures for Re-opening Childcare Centres in the District of Thunder Bay (English PDF, June 23, 2020)
- Health and safety guidance during COVID-19 for employers of child care centres
- COVID-19 precautions when working as a child care provider
For more information, visit the Government of Ontario's Reopening Child Care Centres page.
Overnight / Day Camps
On May 19, 2020, the Ontario Government announced that overnight camps will not be permitted to operate in the summer of 2020.
Summer day camps, both indoor and outdoor, may be permitted in July and August 2020 with strict health and safety guidelines (subject to the continuing progress in trends in key public health indicators).
A new guidance document has been developed to support summer day camps that will operate during the months of July and August 2020.
Support for Families
While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding from the province to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.