The Ministry of Education has approved the 2020-2021 school year for northwestern Ontario, despite current uncertainties about the return to school in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the 2020-2021 school year, students’ first day for classes will be September 3. The last day for elementary classes will be June 25.

For secondary school students, semester 1 exams are set for January 25 to 28, and semester 2 exams will run between June 21 and 25.

On August 4, the Ministry of Education is expected to announce which learning model that school boards will be expected to adopt for the next school year.

The first model is typical school day routine with enhanced health protocols, such as frequent hand washing. The second model is a modified school routine based on smaller class sizes and alternate day or week delivery. The third model is at home learning.

As well, a return to the classroom in the fall will be voluntary. Parents/guardians are able to choose whether they will send their child to school or not in the fall should models 1 or 2 be chosen by the Ministry. For students who will not be physically returning to school, distance learning opportunities will be available.

This calendar is shared between the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Kenora Catholic District School Board, Northwest Catholic District School Board, Rainy River District School Board and the CSDC des Aurores boreales board.

For more information:
Ministry releases 3 potential models for back to school
Did online learning work for local students, school boards?