COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Online Resources for Families to Continue Student Learning
Video Message from the Director (March 27, 2020)
Written Updates to Families
Frequently Asked Questions for Families Regarding COVID-19
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.
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.
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.
At this time, with current timelines, we would expect midterm reports to go home as scheduled.
Discussions are currently underway about all of these issues. Details coming soon.
Please discuss this with your teacher.
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.
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 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.
No, these will be cancelled.
Other Helpful Information
Huron Perth Public Health