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District School Board Ontario North East
Questions and Answers for Families

When will schools re-open?

On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that schools will be closed to students until at least May 4, 2020 due to the continued spread of COVID-19.  The Ministry is prepared to extend that closure upon consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.


Will childcare and before and after school programs be operating in schools?

All childcare programs, including before and after school programs operating in our schools will be closed for the duration of the school closure.


Can I come to the school to pick up items my child left behind?

DSB1 is not allowing access to schools to families and students at this time.  The schools will contact families to confirm a plan to pick up required technology to engage in distance learning.


Will the school year be extended?

The Ministry has the authority to extend the school year and they have not indicated that they are going to do so at this time.  


Will alternate learning assignments be provided for students?

Educator-led learning will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020, as guided by our Continuity of Learning Plan.  Teachers are contacting each student and family to check-in and determine access to technology and next steps.   


How will secondary students complete the required 40 hours of community service to graduate?

The Ministry has waived this requirement for graduation for this year only.


Will students be at risk of not graduating?

Secondary students on track to graduate will be required to continue to engage in learning and complete assignments in order to graduate.  It should be noted that students who are employed should schedule their work hours outside of assigned learning time.


Will students receive a report card in June?

All students will receive a report card at the end of the school year.  For elementary students, not all elements on the report card will be completed.  For secondary students, all subject areas will be assessed and evaluated.


Will Co-operative placements and OYAP continue during this time?

No. These placements are suspended during this time.  Our instructional team will contact all students involved in different specialized pathways to provide them alternative learning assignments.


Will EQAO assessments be cancelled?

The Ministry of Education has announced that all EQAO assessments are cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  They also announced that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSTL)/ Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) requirement for graduation will be waived this year only.


Should students in Dual Credit programs at Northern College attend their classes?

Northern College is currently working on offering all learning at a distance.  Dual Credit courses that are delivered in full by a Northern College instructor will resume on April 6, 2020.  More details will follow for all other Dual Credit offerings.


Where can I go to find more information?

Visit our website at for up-to-date information on this situation. 

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