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. 

 

On May 19, the Education Minister of Ontario announced that all publicly funded schools will remain closed until the end of the current school year. An update has been sent to families. See the section below called "Written Updates to Families". 

 

Resources for Families to Continue Student Learning

 

Technical support for families

Each school has a contact email address. Click here for a list of contacts

 

Teacher-led learning 

Teacher-led online learning (Learn at Home) began Monday April 6. Click below for details on the expectations for AMDSB staff and students. 
 
 

Additional online resources

We have pulled together a variety of options for students to continue their learning while not at school. Please visit our Online Educational Resources page for details. 
 
 
 

Google Classroom support for parents

Our IT team hosted online training for parents. Click here for the video. Click here for the accompanying presentation. 
 

Mental Health Resources

It is normal to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Click on the links below to see a variety of resources from our Mental Health Team and other reliable sources.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, click here for local resources

Support for children and families during COVID-19 (May 2020) (AMDSB Mental Health Team)

AMDSB schools celebrated Mental Health Week. Click here to see all of the amazing activities! 

Tips and resources to help to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic (School Mental Health Ontario)

Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak (World Health Organization)

Helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak (World Health Organization)

 

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 (until the end of the current school year)

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?
This requirement has been waived for graduating students only.
 
Will EQAO assessments be cancelled?
All EQAO assessments have been cancelled for the 2019/2020 school year. This will not impact graduating students as the OSSLT requirement has been waived.
 
Will this impact mid-term reports or will marks be postponed?
No midterm reports will be distributed.
 
Will assignments be postponed?
All assignments are now being assigned via online learning. Students are asked to connect with their teacher(s). 
 
My current mark is low and I was looking to improve it. Will this closure impact my marks?
Marks will not decrease as a result of the school closure period. Marks can however increase if students demonstrate improvements. 
 
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 in person. Online courses have been initiated. 
 
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 or on this page. 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 or 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:
 
Information for Community Organizations
 
Guidance for schools and childcare programs:
 
General information: