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
Additional online resources
Google Classroom support for parents
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)
Video Message from the Director (March 27, 2020)
Written Updates to Families
Letters to Parents from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce
Frequently Asked Questions for Families Regarding COVID-19
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.
Impact on instruction, assessment and graduation
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.
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.
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.
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.
All assignments are now being assigned via online learning. Students are asked to connect with their teacher(s).
Marks will not decrease as a result of the school closure period. Marks can however increase if students demonstrate improvements.
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.
No, students in Dual Credit programs will not attend their college/university classes in person. Online courses have been initiated.
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.
Impact on other programs and childcare
They will be cancelled until further notice.
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.
No, these will be cancelled.
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.
No, these will be cancelled.
Other Helpful Information
Huron Perth Public Health