Government of Ontario Announces All Grand Erie Schools Will Remain Closed to Students Until at Least May 4 Due to COVID-19

Today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools in the province will remain closed until at least May 4 due to COVID-19.

This means that all Grand Erie elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students and staff until May 4. The closure includes all Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education sites as well as GELA (Grand Erie Learning Alternatives). Additionally, all Child Care Centres, Early ON and Before and After-School Programs remain cancelled, along with all school permits and Community Use of Schools permits.

While schools are closed to students, learning will continue for all Grand Erie students. Since the first COVID-19 school closures were announced on March 12, learning at home has been family-led. Beginning in the near future, learning from home will be teacher-led, with minimum requirements for each student, outlined by grade by the Ministry of Education.

Grand Erie started preparing for this next phase of learning yesterday as teachers began reaching out to students to determine the tools and resources each student has access to at home. This includes internet access and devices. Grand Erie recognizes that in many areas of the board, there is very limited access to the internet, if any at all. Collecting this data will help teachers develop next steps so they can design the appropriate materials for all students to be successful. This could mean using online tools, emailing information or other ways of distributing materials to students.

In the coming days, Grand Erie families will receive more detailed information regarding next steps for student learning. Until then, the Board has a wide range of resources on its website for families, including Literacy and Numeracy guides for both elementary and secondary students, a link to the Ministry of Education’s Learn at Home platform and weekly literacy, numeracy and physical education tasks for elementary students.

For the latest updates and information, visit: or follow the Board on Twitter (@GEDSB). Families can also contact the Board via email ( or phone (519-756-6301 or Toll Free: 1-888-548-8878).

Important Updates:

  • April 7: Director of Education Brenda Blancher sent this message to Grand Erie families to share the board's decision to cancel all trips, events and activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to COVID-19.
  • March 31: Director of Education Brenda Blancher sent this message to Grand Erie families to provide them with an update on COVID-19 closures and next steps for student learning.
  • March 31: The Ministry of Education announced the the extension of school closures related to COVID-19 and shared this message from Minister Stephen Lecce.
  • March 27: Director of Education Brenda Blancher sent this message to Grand Erie families to provide them with another update on COVID-19 and the continuation of learning.
  • March 25: The Brant County Health Unit shared this message for school community members. Find COVID-19 information from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit here.
  • March 24: Grand Erie's Mental Health and Well-Being team shared this resource: How to Talk to Children about COVID-19.
  • March 23: Director of Education Brenda Blancher sent this message to Grand Erie families, providing them with a number of COVID-19 related updates.
  • March 20: The Ministry of Education announced the launch of Learn at Home, an online portal for students and families during the province-wide closure of schools due to COVID-19.
  • March 17: The Ministry of Education cancelled all standardized testing for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This includes the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and EQAO for Grade 3/6 students.
  • March 17: Grand Erie's Education Centre will be closed during COVID-19 closures, with all staff working from home.

Grand Erie Special Education Games

On May the 20th our DD Class participated in Grand Erie’s first Special Education Games. The students got to take part in a variety of fun activities. Each activity had predetermined standards and the students were awarded ribbons for each event they took part in. Our students earned a variety of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and participant ribbons.

Our class took home 1st place in the “Create your Mascot Contest”, earning us a class pizza party! Class participants included; Kayden, Lilly, Jonathan, Spencer, Karlan, Jacob, Justyse, Hayley, Alyssa, and Stantone. We all really enjoyed the day.

Please meet our 1st place Mascot – Captain Cedarland Cyclone

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