HWCDSB schools will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020.
On March 12, 2020, on the advisement of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Minister of Education issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March Break in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19.
Like the province, the HWCDSB recognizes that the school closures will have a significant impact on students, staff and their families, however, we too realize that it is necessary precaution to keep people safe and to contain the spread of COVID-19.Programs/services impacted by the closure include:
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Closed until April 6, 2020
All after-hours programming and student activities (athletics, clubs, CYO, etc.) are cancelledSt. Charles Adult & Continuing Education
Closed until April 6, 2020Childcare/EarlyON
Childcare centres/EarlyON closedAdministrative Offices
(Father Kennedy Catholic Education Centre, St. Mary CERC, Nicholas Mancini Centre, Thomas Mahony Building)Closed until April 6, 2020
(Effective March 17, 2020 12:00pm)Community Use of Schools
All permits cancelled until April 6, 2020Third party leases/Community partnerships
Unless otherwise notified, all third party leases cancelled until April 6, 2020
In our commitment to support continued student learning, the HWCDSB has prepared a number of optional resources and activities that will be made available to students and their families on the myClass Learning Management System. These resources are accessible here: https://www.hwcdsb.ca/314919--School-Closu ...
The Ministry of Education is also developing some digital learning resources to ensure the continuity of learning during the extended closure. Information will be shared as it becomes available.
Thank you for your understanding and we pray for the health and safety of our students, staff and world.
Please continue to monitor the HWCDSB website for Coronavirus Updates
###Statement from Premier Ford, Minister Elliott, and Minister Lecce on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 12, 2020 – Today, Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to the impact of COVID-19 on publicly funded schools as March Break approaches:
"The health and well-being of Ontarians is our government's number one priority. Since we first learned of COVID-19 as an emerging public health issue, Ontario has been diligently monitoring the developing situation to protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians. We have also taken decisive action to ensure the province's health care system is positioned to be ready for any scenario.
Given the latest developments both internationally and here at home, today we are taking further action.
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 has issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19. This 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.
We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on families, students, schools, as well as the broader community, but this precaution is necessary to keep people safe.Read Full Statement