EDUCATION AND OUTREACH RESOURCES
Important notice: To fight the spread of COVID-19, Ontario public schools will remain closed to teachers and students for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. As of May 19, 2020, Private schools and First Nation/federally funded schools will remain closed until May 31, 2020, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time. For questions related to First Nation/federally funded schools, please contact IEO@ontario.ca.
Supporting our children in uncertain times like the present is challenging for all of us. The first step is to recognize that our children’s daily routines have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 virus and the impact it has on the child, family and community. How can we support our children with their education? Your local school, education authority, or school board will be part of the solution. Parents and guardians can also play an important role as schools are currently closed. For students with special needs please contact the school for assistance. Remember to be patient with your children as it may take them time to adjust to learning at home.
Ontario's Framework for Continued Education
May 19, 2020, the province unveiled an expanded seven-point summer learning plan to ensure Ontario students have every opportunity to continue their learning through the summer months. Summer learning programs are being expanded to reach the most students in Ontario to ensure they remain on track to start the 2020-21 school year. Read full framework below.
For education partners: in addition to the release of Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning, the Indigenous Education Office is seeking advice over the next few weeks on how to plan for the re-opening of school next fall. Please click Feedback on Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning below to learn more.
Indigenous Services Canada: Communique on Ontario School Closures and School Supports
This communique is to provide information about student learning supports and preparing for the next school year following the Province of Ontario's announcement from May 19, 2020, that public schools will remain closed for the res of the school year in order to protect student health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Guidlines for Re-Entry into the School Setting During the Pandemic:
These guidelines are provided by the authors as a resource for school district leaders, school administrators and community professionals who work with and support students and their families. They provide recommendations for thoughtful trauma-informed planning to prepare for re-entry back into the school setting during the pandemic. The guidelines are meant to enhance the already existing expertise of professionals for the purpose of streamlining strategic collaboration with multi-disciplinary community partners as part of a whole-community response to the pandemic.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Return to School Canadian Physical and Health Education Guidelines
The intent of this document highlights Physical and Health Education’s (PHE) core subject matter, health and well-being, as a critical learning opportunity for Canada’s young people as they heal, re-socialize, and adapt in this new learning environment. Specifically, it assists with decision-making and implementation of PHE and health promoting opportunities during class time and physical activity before, throughout, and after the school day.
On this webpage students and their parents can access educational resources to help keep students learning and engaged during school closures. While these materials do not replace what students have been learning at school, during this unusual time, these at-home activities offer quick and easy access to some of Ontario’s best online kindergarten to grade 12 learning resources.
Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant
The Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant can assist you with the cost of travelling between your remote First Nations community to the postsecondary school you are attending. If your spouse or dependent children will be living with you while you are in postsecondary studies, their travel costs can also be considered through this grant. For more information, click Read More.
Ministry of Education Latest Updates and Announcements
The Ministry of Education is responsible for child care and for administering the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario. View the latest updates and announcements here.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.
FAQ on Post-Secondary Education Student Supports for Community Members in response to COVID-19
This is to assist in supporting post-secondary students’ concerns and challenges as a result of COVID-19. In particular, we have provided information on potential areas of financial support for your students and to assist First Nations in administering the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) during these challenging times.