K-12 likely closed for the year, MUN finals won't happen in April

Students at Memorial University will not be writing final exams next month, and the health minister said K-12 schools are probably shut down for the year.

No decisions yet on exams for secondary or post-secondary

Memorial University students will not be writing exams next month. (Shutterstock)

Much is still up in the air about the school system in Newfoundland and Labrador but one thing is now certain — Memorial University students will not be writing exams next month due to COVID-19.

A notice posted online Wednesday morning says instructors have been given "a number of options," including alternative methods for final exams, or putting off an on-campus exam date in hopes students can return at a later date.

Students will also be given the option of being graded the standard way, or take a pass/fail grade when they eventually do write their exams.

The notice says the update does not apply for students in medicine or nursing, or students at Marine Institute in certificate, diploma, undergraduate or graduate programs.

The university is exploring other options, but MUN will not be holding exams online or on campus during the month of April. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

Exams for K-12 students are also up in the air, but it seems the possibility of returning to classrooms is finished.

"I think we may have seen the back of the school academic year already," said Health Minister John Haggie on Wednesday morning. "In terms of duration, this [virus] will be here with us in June."

Haggie said officials are looking at ensuring public exams for Grade 11 and 12 students will continue, and said updates will come from the Department of Education when decisions are made.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development said all regulated family child-care homes will close by end of day, along with family resource centres and satellite offices.

The announcement comes a day after the N.L. government said regulated child-care centres would have to shut down for now.

"The provincial government will continue to monitor and where necessary implement protocols required to contain the virus," the department said.

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