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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. ​​​When are schools closed until? Why are schools closed?​

  2. ​​​Are students expected to do school work from home?​

  3. What do I do if my child does not have access to technology?​​​

  4. ​​​What about EQAO and OSSLT?​

  5. ​​​What about Graduation and entry into Post-Secondary Education?​

  6. Can I still register my child for Kindergarten next year?​​

  7. ​​​Can we play on school yards and play structures?​

  8. ​​​What about access to food programs?​

  9. ​​​What about our local parish? The Archdiocese?​

  10. ​​​Where can I get more information?​



When are schools closed until? Why are schools closed?​

A Ministerial Order was issued March 12, 2020 indicating all elementary and secondary schools in Ontario will close from March 14 to April 5, 2020 in response to the emergence of COVID-19. 

On March 31, 2020 Premier Doug Ford announced that all school closures would be extended to May 4, 2020. 

On April 14, 2020 Premier Doug Ford announced that school closures would be extended beyond May 4, 2020. More details will be posted as they become available. 

​All schools and ALCDSB work sites are closed during this time. Staff are working remotely from home where possible. β€‹


Are students expected to do school work from home?​​

On March 31, 2020 the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Education announced the launch of the second phase of Learn at Home. The second phase establishes clarity for parents/guardians, enhances education supports and creates opportunities for teachers and educators to connect with students.

​Letter from the Minister of Education regarding Phase 2 of Learn at Home: A Letter from the Minister of Education to Ontario's Parents

ALCDSB Phase 2 Academic Learning and Well-Being Plan - Educator Led Emergency Remote Learning:  This document outlines how ALCDSB plans to move forward with educator led distance learning: ALCDSB Phase 2 Academic Learning and Well Being Plan Emergency Remote Learning.​

All ALCDSB teachers will be reaching out to students. 



What do I do if my child does not have access to technology?​​

In April, 2020 ALCDSB shared a survey seeking input from families that did not have access to technology. Throughout the month of April, ALCDSB β€‹completed two deployments of technology to students. 

Free wifi is also available outside of all ALCDSB schools. 

For more information on learning at home, please visit:



​What about EQAO and OSSLT?

The Ministry of Education has announced it is cancelling all EQAO assessments (grade 3, 6 and 9) for the remainder of this school year given the school closure period and the ongoing uncertainty.

For students who are graduating this year, the Ministry of Education waived the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) graduation requirement. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the OSSLT next school year (2020-2021).​


What about Graduation and entry into Post-Secondary Education?​​

The Ministry of Education has been in communication with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to make sure that the acceptance process for graduating students is without prejudice.

More information will be shared as it becomes available. β€‹

High School Transcripts:  If you require information about transcripts, email with the name of the school you graduated from and we will do our best to assist. Paper copies of transcripts are not available at this time. 

For more information, please read a letter from the Director of Education to all Grade 12 students: Letter to Grade 12 Students - April 30, 2020

Can I still register my child for Kindergarten next year?​

Absolutely! ALCDSB offers pre-registration online for all incoming students.
To complete the pre-registration form online: Online Registration Form​​

This application will take approximately 15 minutes. After you complete this form, you will still need to call your local Catholic school to complete registration and provide the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Taxation Information
  • Proof of Residency
  • Relevant custody documents
  • Relevant medical documents

If you have any questions about the pre-registration application, please contact your local Catholic School for more information. β€‹

Please note: completing this application does not mean that your child is registered. Please contact your local Catholic school for more information on this process. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this process may look a little different this year.

Can we play on school yards and play structures?​

The safety and well-being of our Catholic school communities remains our priority.

Following the lead from our local public health units and municipal governments, all ALCDSB school yards and playgrounds will be closed to the public, effective immediately.

Play structures and other features within the school yard are not sanitized and staying away from these areas supports the government's direction to avoid close proximity activities.  ​


What about access to food programs?​

Many of our students and their families rely on the Student Nutrition programs in every school to provide nutritious and regular food. Due to school closures, these programs are closed. For help with food scarcity there has been a collaborative effort between school boards, multiple agencies and resources to support our families and students.

For information on access to food programs, please contact your school principal. β€‹

For those in Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington, please visit the City of Kingston website. ​

What about our local parish? The Archdiocese?

The Archdiocese of Kingston has an outreach page at Parents/guardians, students and community members are able to access daily mass through this website.

Daily Mass and Prayers:

Online Lenten Resources:

Online Youth Resources:​

Where can I get more information?​

KFLA Public Health:

HPE Public Health:

Renfrew County Health:

Ministry of Health Updates:

Government of Canada – COVID-19 Outbreak update:

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