Ontario rolls out online learning plan while schools are closed due to coronavirus

By The Canadian Press

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is pointing parents and students toward online learning resources while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

Ford says the “learn at home” online portal doesn’t replace school, but is meant to address parents’ concerns that kids will fall behind during this period.

“As a father myself, I know parents always want the best for their children, and I also know from
speaking to parents that many are concerned that their child is going to fall behind while schools are closed during this difficult period,” Ford said.

“To support families and students, our government has developed a one-stop spot for at-home learning. It doesn’t replace school, but offers a great alternative as we approach the end of March break.”

The resources offer interactive activities for elementary students and a focus on STEM courses for high school students.

Many of the online activities are from TVO, the province’s public broadcaster.

Its television schedule is also being changed to add more educational programming for kids during the day.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce has ordered the school closure for two weeks following March break.

Ontario is reporting 50 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total in the province to 308.

That’s the largest single-day increase in new cases.

The total includes five resolved cases and two deaths.

No information is listed for about half of the new cases, but two people are listed as being hospitalized and four are in a long-term care home in the Durham Region.

It’s not yet known how the four people in the long-term care facility — ranging in age from 60s to 90s — contracted the virus.

Check out the complete TVOkids schedule below:

TVOkids Schedule by CityNewsToronto on Scribd

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