Memorandum to: Principals of Private Schools/Principals of First Nation/Federally Operated Schools
From: Nancy Naylor, Deputy Minister of Education
Subject: Update on COVID-19
The COVID-19 situation in Ontario is continuing to evolve and we are committed to keeping you informed. On March 17, 2020, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, declared a state of emergency and ordered the closure of all private schools as defined in the Education Act, until March 31, 2020 unless the emergency is terminated earlier. Private schools may decide whether to continue to offer online teaching and learning during this period.
In addition, please be aware that the Minister of Education has provided direction to cancel all Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments for the 2019-20 school year. The Minister has also directed that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) be waived as a graduation requirement, as set out in Section 6 of Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016, for students who are otherwise able to graduate in the 2019-20 school year. These changes provide the conditions to enable students to fulfill graduation requirements in our current context.
We recognize that you will have many additional questions and we are committed to providing additional information on an ongoing basis.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Ontario students and children.
Information on the Premier’s Declaration of Emergency:
Ontario Ministry of Health Coronavirus webpage: