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Government unveils plans for reopening child care, day camps and initiatives to strengthen learning into the summer

Government unveils plans for reopening child care, day camps and initiatives to strengthen learning into the summer

The Ontario government has released some of its planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.

All students who were on track to graduate from secondary school before the initial school closure order was made in March will be able to graduate, and all students will receive report cards.

Later this summer, the government will announce its plan for the resumption of in-class teaching, but a government release suggests some form of e-learning is here to stay. Emergency child care will continue to operate and provide support for health care and other frontline workers. A gradual reopening of child care is expected to begin when the province is ready to transition to Stage 2 based on public health criteria.

“Said Education Minister Lecce. “Our plan will ensure students receive the best educational experience, both inside and outside the classroom, during this difficult time. That is why we are strengthening summer learning opportunities, reopening summer day camps, and it is why we will continue to make the case for synchronous, live, and dynamic learning.”

Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, summer day camps, both indoor and outdoor, may be permitted in July and August of this year with strict health and safety guidelines.

The province also unveiled an expanded seven-point summer learning plan to ensure Ontario students have every opportunity to continue their learning through the summer months. The government release reads, “to support at-home learning, the government is leveraging all tools, resources, technologies and services to assist school boards deliver equitable and effective learning through access to technology and Internet connectivity, especially for students in rural and remote parts of Ontario. To help improve access to remote learning, Ontario is partnering with 34 organizations and private businesses, along with school boards, to address key needs among educators, students and their families.

The government has issued a Call for Proposals to make available technology both in terms of devices and connectivity to extend e-learning to all parts of the province.

Details of the governments 7-point summer learning plan can be found here.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/government-supports-online-learning-during-covid-19-outbreak.html

Details on the provincial framework for continued learning are here

https://files.ontario.ca/edu-ontario-online-continuity-of-learning-plan-2020-en-05-19-2020-v4.pdf?_ga=2.262390220.1769008593.1589896172-1259887957.1576789524

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