All of Ontario’s publicly funded schools have been ordered to close for two weeks following March Break, including those of the Simcoe County District School Board, and the Simcoe Muskoka District School Board. The closure will take place from March 14th until April 5th.
“This is an unprecedented situation and is quickly evolving,” reads a statement from the Catholic Board, “The Board knows that families will have many questions about what this will mean for their children. The SMCDSB is working closely with the Ministry of Education, the Health Unit, other school boards in Ontario to consider the many factors that will need to be addressed and will communicate directly with families as soon as information and updates become available.” The public board issued a similar statement, saying it would share more information as it becomes available on www.scdsb.on.ca/covid-19.
The Ontario government made this announcement Thursday to addressing growing concerns around COVID-19 within the province.
Ontario takes this step in order to reduce the effects of the virus among families, students and the broader community. As the situation evolves Ontario’s COVID-19 Command Table is “prepared to respond quickly and effectively to any scenario and provide the government with advice on measures to keep the public and frontline workers safe.”
“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,” said Premier Doug Ford Thursday, “This order was approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.”
Based on latest available advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, and the experts at the #COVID19 Command Table, our government has directed all publicly funded schools in Ontario to close for 2 weeks following March break.— Doug Ford (@fordnation) March 12, 2020