All publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, remain closed to students as part of ongoing efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Through an earlier Ministerial Order from the Minister of Education, the Ontario government ordered school boards to close schools to minimize contact between people, especially children, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason, all childcare centres located inside TDSB schools are closed and all TDSB Extended Day Programs are cancelled during this period.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are food gardens operated by educational partners located on TDSB property still accessible during the school closure period?
We have been approached by several TDSB educational partners that operate large scale food gardens to determine if they will be allowed to use the gardens this year. These partners support communities and address the growing issue of food insecurity. Agriculture and food production are currently exempt from closure requirements. Based on those factors, we have decided that as food production from these gardens is essential for many of our communities, we would allow the gardens to continue to operate, with the following conditions: use the minimum number of staff required, ensuring physical distancing and only attend the sites when necessary.
Are all childcare centres, Before-and After-School Programs and Extended Day Programs located in TDSB schools closed?
Child care centres and Extended Day Programs remain closed.
Are EarlyON and Child and Family Learning Centres located in TDSB schools closed?
Yes. EarlyON programs remain closed, according to the province's Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.
What other events and/or activities are cancelled or postponed during the closure?
For a full list of TDSB events and/or activities that have been cancelled or postponed from March 14 to June 2020, please visit the Event Cancellations page for an up-to-date list.
Are TDSB playgrounds and structures still available for use during the school closure?
No. Based on the advice of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and consistent with the closure of all city amenities and playgrounds, all TDSB playgrounds and other amenities, including sports fields and basketball and tennis courts on school board property are closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to maintain the health and safety of our communities.
Who do I call if I see people violating the physical distancing by-law at TDSB schools/sites?
The TDSB has taken steps to ensure that our premises have been safely closed off, including the use of signage, taping off equipment, blocking access to basketball nets, and locking gates where possible. Despite these measures, some people choose to ignore the closures. Residents should report all such incidents to 311, which will complete an incident report and follow City of Toronto regulations to deal with the concern.
Will the school year be extended into the summer months?
The decision to extend the school year would be made by the Ministry of Education and at this time, we have not received this direction.
Will students be at risk of not graduating?
The Government of Ontario has made very clear that no student will have their graduation compromised by COVID-19 and the Ministry of Education continues to work with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to ensure that there will be no barriers to accessing postsecondary education.
Will Student Discipline Hearings continue?
No. All student discipline hearings will be rescheduled.
Will Home Instruction continue?
No. All Home Instruction will be suspended.
Will special education IPRC meetings continue?
No. Special education IPRC meetings that were scheduled during the closure, 2020 are postponed.
Will Adult and Continuing Education classes and programs continue?
No. All Adult and Continuing Education classes and programs are closed.
Will International Language programs continue?During this time of remote learning, the International Languages Elementary/African Heritage Program (ILE/AH) instructors are working to establish communication with parent/guardian(s) either by phone or email. Parent/Guardian(s) receiving phone calls may notice the incoming call from a "blocked or private number". If you have questions regarding ILE/AH, please email email@example.com or visit www.ileprograms.ca.
Will permits for TDSB schools be cancelled? Yes. All permits are cancelled during the closure.
Can I still contact my child’s Vice Principal, Principal or Superintendent?
Yes. While schools are closed, Vice Principals, Principals and Superintendents will still be available by phone or email should you have any urgent questions or concerns.
Will co-op placements continue during the closure of schools?
No. Co-op placements are postponed during the closure.
Will students continue to participate in Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP)?
No. OYAP is postponed during the closure.
Will students continue to participate in School Within a College (SWAC) programs?
Yes. SWAC has resumed as of April 6, 2020. Students are expected to complete their high school and dual credit course work.
Will students continue to participate in Dual Credit programs?
Yes. Dual Credit has resumed as
of April 6, 2020. Students are expected to complete their college work
Will external vendor payments continue to be processed during this time?
The TDSB is committed to supporting our vendors through prompt payments. Vendor payments will continue to be processed, but with some limitations. To avoid delays, all vendors are advised to submit their invoices to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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