COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

This page contains updates about the Avon Maitland District School Board's response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global pandemic. The information on this page is updated on a regular basis so please check back often. 
 

Online Resources for Families to Continue Student Learning

We have pulled together a variety of options for students to continue their learning while not at school. Please click here for details. 
 
 

Video Message from the Director (March 27, 2020)

Written Updates to Families

Frequently Asked Questions for Families Regarding COVID-19

Please note that this FAQ is always changing. 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. If you have additional questions that you would like us to consider, please email them to communications@ed.amdsb.ca.  ​
 

Rationale for the school closure (March 14 to April 5, possibly longer)
The sole purpose of this shutdown is to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the general population. Based on this decision, we highly recommend that families exercise “social (physical) distancing” practices to help support limiting the spread of this virus into our communities. This includes staying home unless necessary and reducing interactions with other people. Residents who have travelled outside of Canada, including to the United States, are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Instructions on how to do this can be found here

 

 
Will eLearning (e.g. AMDEC) courses continue?
During the school shutdown, we would encourage those students registered in our Avon Maitland Distance Education Courses (AMDEC) to continue to complete their course materials. We recognize that this may be a challenge for those students who relied on access to schools for technological support. As a result, deadlines for AMDEC module completion will be adjusted. Teachers of AMDEC will be available to support learning throughout the school closure. Teachers are asked to communicate directly with students to advise them when they will be online and available to provide support for ongoing learning.
 
Will students be provided with online learning opportunities during the closure?
We have put together a wide variety of online resources for students to use during the school closure period. The Ministry of Education also launched their "Learn at Home" website. We are currently developing plans for 'distance education' while taking into consideration issues with internet and device availability. Please stay tuned. 
 
Will students be at risk of not graduating?
The impacts of this continually evolving COVID-19 situation are not fully known at this time. The Minister of Education has stated that "no graduating student will have their ability to graduate impacted." We share this commitment and will prioritize this in our planning for continuity of learning.
 
Will the 40 hour community service requirement for graduation be waived for this year’s graduates?
The Ministry is reviewing this requirement and further information will be announced soon.
 
Will the OSSLT scheduled for March 31 be cancelled?
It will not take place on March 31. All EQAO assessments have been cancelled for the 2019/2020 school year. This will not impact graduating students as the requirement has been waived.
 
Will other EQAO assessments (for grades 3, 6 and 9) be cancelled? 
Yes, the Ministry announced that all EQAO assessments will be cancelled for the 2019/2020 school year. 
 
Will this impact mid-term reports or will marks be postponed?
At this time, with current timelines, we would expect midterm reports to go home as scheduled.
 
Will mid-term exams or assignments be postponed?
Discussions are currently underway about all of these issues. Details coming soon.
 
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?
Please discuss this with your teacher. 
 
Will this impact college and university applications?
We do not believe there will be an impact, however, it's best that you check with your college or university.

Will Co-op placements continue during this time?
No. These placements are suspended during this time.
 
Should students in Dual Credit programs attend their college/university classes?
No, students in Dual Credit programs will not attend their college/university classes.
 
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 the Ministry of Education. It's too early to determine if this will be necessary.
 
 
Will board programs and sites, such as Adult Education, Continuing Education classes, COPE, Riverside, AMDEC​ etc., remain open?
No. All AMDSB board programs will be cancelled during this time with the exception of online programs provided by the Centre for Employment and Learning (e.g. Learning Hub and Anytime ESL)
 
Will child care centres or before and after school care in AMDSB board schools continue to operate?
No.
Will AMDSB Board Meetings be hosted during the shut-down?

Yes, AMDSB Board meetings will be hosted online using Microsoft Teams. Any members of the public wishing to join the meeting can find the details in the calendar at the bottom of the Board’s website: amdsb.ca. Anyone wishing to arrange a delegation to the Board can email barb.crawford@ed.amdsb.ca and arrangements will be made.
 
Will Community Use of Schools permits be cancelled?
They will be cancelled until further notice. 
 
Will the board cancel out of province trips?
The board has cancelled all out-of-province school excursions to the end of April. This will be communicated directly to affected staff, students and families. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as information becomes available.
 
Will board committees that meet in the evenings (e.g. Special Education Advisory Committee) be held during this time?
No, these will be cancelled.
 
Will students, staff be allowed back into the building during this time?
At this time, no students are staff (except staff who perform regular maintenance checks for heat and water) will be allowed in our buildings. We are however working on a plan to allow staff, and then students, to retrieve items they may need. Details coming soon.
 
Will parent-teacher interviews be scheduled during this time?
No, these will be cancelled.
 
What is happening with payments for milk/food days and field trips made to the school using cash/cheque or School Cash Online?
AMDSB schools are monitoring the situation and refunds will be provided to parents/guardians for all food and milk days purchased and missed. Refunds of orders placed through School Cash Online will be processed as more information regarding the length of the closure is known. Refunds of orders paid by cash/cheque will be processed once staff are able to return to school. We will continue to keep families informed.

 

Other Helpful Information

 
Local information: including the number of cases, what travellers should do, information for workplaces and other helpful tips, please visit:
Huron Perth Public Health
 
Provincial information: up to date information including a self-assessment tool - please check regularly, this information is continually changing:
 
Federal information: up to date information including travel advice, being prepared and more:
 
Advice about hand hygiene: 
Know the difference: self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation:
 
Coping with stress and anxiety: It is normal to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.
Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
 
Guidance for schools and childcare programs:
 
General information: