POLL — Ontario is ramping up summer school. Are you in?

CBC Kids News • Published 2020-05-20 19:44

Programs designed to keep students on track

This is likely the longest summer break you’ve had since you started school.

Schools across Canada have been closed since March, and in most places, they won’t open again until September.

For some, it’s a chance to take a break from tests and homework.

But in Ontario, the government is giving students the opportunity to keep up their learning over the summer months thanks to — wait for it — summer school!

What’s new?

While summer school is offered in Ontario every year, this new program, which is called the Summer Learning Plan, offers extra online classes and resources.

An empty classroom

Schools in most of Canada are closed until September to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)


While an extended summer break might sound fun for some, it can be hard on others.

On Tuesday, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce released a document explaining the program.

He said the summer school is designed to give kids the opportunity to keep up with their work so they don’t fall behind when schools do reopen.

Who’s it for?

The programs are designed for all students who attend public schools in the province.

However, most of the programs offered are for high school students as well as students with mental health needs, special education needs or vulnerable students.

It doesn’t sound like any other provinces or territories are considering additional summer school programs other than what they already offer — at least not yet.

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