The provincial government has unveiled a new program called “Learn At Home”.
It is an online education tool to help students from kindergarten to grade 12 keep up with the curriculum.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement today, alongside the Education Minister Stephen Lecce, who insists no student will have their graduation affected by COVID-19.
"As a father myself, I know parents always want the best for their children, and I also know from speaking to parents that many are concerned that their child is going to fall behind while schools are closed during this difficult period," said Premier Ford. "To support families and students, our government has developed a one-stop spot for at-home learning. It doesn't replace school, but offers a great alternative as we approach the end of March Break."
Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.
Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content.
High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced.
The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.
However, the Education Minister stopped short of making a decision to cancel the entire school year.
Lecce says he’ll heed the advice of the Medical Officer of Health.
As of right now, students are expected to return to class on April 6, 2020.
For more details on the Learn At Home program, please click here.