Please see below for information regarding the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff. For questions related to First Nation/federally funded schools, please contact


May 19, 2020 - 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.

Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools

This document is intended to support school boards and school authorities in preparation for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This document will also apply to childcare centres and before/after school programs that operate within schools.

Ontario's approach to reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year

The return to school in the fall of 2020-21 will be voluntary and based on parent choice. For parents who choose not to send their child back to school, school boards should be prepared to offer remote education. This requirement will be in place for as long as public health circumstances require adapted delivery of education. Click Read More to learn more. 

Ontario First Nations Back to School Plans

Read the approach to reopen schools so students can continue learning, supplied by First Nations in Ontario and the Ministry of Education.

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. 

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.

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.

Education Resources

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.

Mental Health Support Services and Programs for Students

Mental Health resources for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.


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