EQAO and Continuity of Learning

Dear families,

We wish to provide you with an update regarding announcements from the Ontario Ministry of Education related to the March 14 to April 5 school closure to interrupt the spread of COVID-19.

As a reminder, schools remain closed and are expected to reopen on April 6, 2020. We encourage all families to continue following the advice of local health authorities. Updates are available at www.york.ca/coronavirus or www.ontario.ca/coronavirus. School board related updates will be posted to our website at www.yrdsb.ca.



The Ontario Ministry of Education has given notice to cancel EQAO assessments for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The Minister has stated that this decision will not affect students’ ability to graduate. The Ministry of Education has provided the information below for students graduating this year:  

“For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement as set out in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 will be waived. This applies to students in publicly-funded and private/First Nation schools. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.” Ontario Ministry of Education.


Continuity of Learning

The Ontario Ministry of Education is working on plans to support learning during the closure period. At this time, school boards have not received information on how this will be implemented. When we receive additional information from the provincial government, we will communicate this directly to families. 

We appreciate families may have more questions, please know that we will endeavour to keep you informed as information becomes available. Please visit the Board’s website, which includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated regularly as information becomes available. 

On behalf of the York Region District School Board, I want to acknowledge that these are difficult and uncertain times and families may be feeling anxious. Please be assured that we are continuing to take all the advice from public health authorities and doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our students and staff as a priority. We have also compiled tips for speaking with your child about COVID-19. 


Thank you for your ongoing support.