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COVID-19 and ALCDSB School Closures

​​​Ministry of Education Update, May 19, 2020: Health and Safety Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed

Letter to Parents from the Minister of Education - May 19, 2020

​On May 19, 2020 Premier Ford and Minister Leccee announced that students would not be returning to school in June, 2020. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. 


​​​​​​​Updates from David DeSantis, Director of Education

May 19, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to you today to provide you with an update regarding school closures and other important information regarding student learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Premier Doug Ford announced that students in Ontario would not be returning to school in June, 2020. We acknowledge that this news is disheartening for many, but the Ontario government has made this decision to protect the health and safety of all students and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, health experts on the COVID-19 Command Table, and medical experts at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The Ontario government is also planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020/2021 school year and the gradual reopening of child care, subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.

We understand that these extended closures are difficult for families within our Catholic school community; however, we remain committed to supporting our students and families to the best of our ability.

Educators and school staff will continue to reach out to support students during at home learning. All updates with respect to school closures, mental health resources, learning supports and other information can be found on the board website at

Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce have announced that additional plans to support students in the Fall will be released at a later date in June.

The health and safety of our students, staff and greater community remain a priority for ALCDSB. Please continue to follow the advice of our public health officials and stay well.


David Desantis

Director of Education 


Other Communication from the Director of Education:

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.