School Closures Province Wide

School Closures Province Wide

The Algoma District School Board was recently informed that the Ontario government is closing all publicly funded schools across the province for two weeks after the March Break (from March 14 to April 5) due to growing concerns about COVID-19.

Media release: Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott (Deputy Premier and Minister of Health) and Stephen Leece, Minister of Education, issued a statement and advised that, based on advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, the Minister of Education issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following the March Break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19.

The order was approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. This means that Ontario schools have been ordered to remain CLOSED from March 14 through to April 5, 2020 which includes:

Elementary and secondary schoolsLiteracy and Basic Skills (LBS), English as a Second Language (ESL)and Adult Education Programs

Alternative, field schools and off-site programsDual Credit Programs

Home instructionSection 23 programs

OYAP and cooperative education placements

All third-party licensed Childcare Operators/Before & After Programs

All community use of schools.

Board personnel continue to be in regular communication with the Algoma Public Health Unit (our lead agency) and the Ministry of Education who receives direction and information from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health. The Ministry of Education continues to assess the impact on student learning and the spread of COVID-19, thus as more information becomes available we will update parents through our voice messaging system and/or our website (http://www.adsb.on.ca). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these unprecedented times.