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Find out what to expect as schools reopen for the 2020-2021 school year

Find out what to expect as schools reopen for the 2020-2021 school year

Read the guidance for schools and school boards to safely reopen for the 2020/2021 school year.


The guidance provided in this document is intended to support the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year and has been developed under the following principles:

  • providing a safe and healthy school environment for students, teachers and staff, and safeguarding the broader communities in which they live
  • providing a consistently high-quality education for every student in Ontario
  • addressing potential gaps in student learning, mental health and well-being, arising from the school closures in 2019-2020
  • maintaining close communications with and respecting the opinions and authority of parents and reducing barriers to returning to work

On June 19, 2020, the ministry released the Approach to Reopening Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year. Since that time, the public health data has changed considerably, with daily confirmed cases significantly declining. This is a positive public health development, and the ministry is now in a position to direct various protocols and procedures for the resumption of school.

The guidance and requirements outlined here build on the guidance released on June 19, 2020 and will continue to be re-evaluated regularly and, where required, updated based on public health advice.

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