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Info on coronavirus

The Government of Ontario has announced that, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. The government also said that as we approach these dates, the decision will be revaluated and that the closure may be extended based on public health advice.

Through an earlier Ministerial Order from the Minister of Education, the Ontario government ordered school boards to close schools to minimize contact between people, especially children, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason, all childcare centres located inside TDSB schools are closed and all TDSB Extended Day Programs are cancelled during this period.

The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. In partnership with public health officials, the Toronto District School Board is closely monitoring the current situation with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

If you have any health-related questions, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Translation is available in many languages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all childcare centres, Before-and After-School Programs and Extended Day Programs located in TDSB schools closed?

Child care centres and Extended Day Programs will remain closed until April 13, according to the province's Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.

Are EarlyON and Child and Family Learning Centres located in TDSB schools closed?

Yes. EarlyON programs will remain closed until April 13, according to the province's Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.

What other events and/or activities are cancelled or postponed during the closure?

For a full list of TDSB events and/or activities that have been cancelled or postponed from March 14 to June 2020, please visit the Event Cancellations page for an up-to-date list. 

Will students be provided with online learning opportunities during the closure? 

Yes. TDSB staff are connecting with all students and families as we prepare to re-establish teacher-led learning on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Are TDSB playgrounds and structures still available for use during the school closure?

No. Based on the advice of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health  and consistent with the closure of all city amenities and playgrounds, all TDSB playgrounds and other amenities, including sports fields and basketball and tennis courts on school board property are closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to maintain the health and safety of our communities.

Will the school year be extended into the summer months?

The decision to extend the school year would be made by the Ministry of Education and at this time, we have not received this direction.

Will the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) scheduled for March 31 be cancelled?

Given the school closure period and the uncertainty beyond that point, The Ministry of Education has cancelled all EQAO assessments for the remainder of this school year. For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement as set out in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 will be waived. This applies to students in publicly-funded and private/First Nation schools. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Will students be at risk of not graduating?

The Government of Ontario has made very clear that no student will have their graduation compromised by COVID-19 and the Ministry of Education continues to work with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to ensure that there will be no barriers to accessing postsecondary education.

Will Co-op placements continue during this time?

No. These placements are suspended during this time.

Will Student Discipline Hearings continue? 

No. All student discipline hearings will be rescheduled.

Will Home Instruction continue?

No. All Home Instruction will be suspended.

Will special education IPRC meetings continue?

No. Special education IPRC meetings that were scheduled to take place between March 14 to April 5, 2020 are postponed.

Will Adult and Continuing Education classes and programs continue?

No. All Adult and Continuing Education classes and programs will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020.

Will International Language programs continue?

No. All International Language programs will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020.

Will permits for TDSB schools be cancelled? 

Yes. All permits are cancelled during the closure.

Can I still contact my child’s Vice Principal, Principal or Superintendent?

Yes. While schools are closed, Vice Principals, Principals and Superintendents will still be available by phone or email should you have any urgent questions or concerns.

Will co-op placements continue during the closure of schools?

No. Co-op placements are postponed during the closure.

Will students continue to participate in Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP)?

No. OYAP programs are postponed during the closure.

Will students continue to participate in School Within a College (SWAC) programs?

No. SWAC programs are postponed during the closure.

Will students continue to participate in Dual Credit programs?

No. Dual Credit programs are postponed during the closure.

Will external vendor payments continue to be processed during this time?

The TDSB is committed to supporting our vendors through prompt payments. Vendor payments will continue to be processed, but with some limitations. To avoid delays, all vendors are advised to submit their invoices to  

Important Links

Ontario Ministry of Health 
(Updated each weekday)

Toronto Public Health

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory

Parent/Guardian Communications

Director of Education Update on School Closures - March 31, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Update for TDSB Students and Families from Director John Malloy - March 30

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