Today, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that March Break will be delayed for schools across Ontario until April, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Our March Break, which was originally scheduled for March 15-19, has been delayed for a month and will now take place from April 12-16. This means that schools will be open to students and staff through all of March.
The new break schedule applies to both in-person and virtual learners. We recognize also that Friday, March 12 is currently a board holiday. We are reviewing this date in light of today’s announcement and will confirm our plan as soon as possible.
The pandemic we are living through has had an undeniable strain on our students, families and staff. We extend our sincere thanks again to staff and families for the incredible job they have done in navigating, at every turn, new ways to teach and learn in our changing world.
This has been a difficult journey, and we recognize the importance of the traditional March Break as a significant opportunity for students, staff and families to refresh and recover physically and mentally.
At the same time, we know our students and families are very pleased, as we are, to have all our schools back to in-person learning for the first time this week since the winter break.
We empathize with our families, students and staff who are disappointed by this news, but recognize and appreciate that public health considerations must come first at this time. Provincial medical authorities believe the best course of action right now is to postpone the March Break until April.
We continue to monitor all provincial announcements and will share any further news as soon as we are able.
Director of Education