Winter break extended for Ontario students

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Earlier today, the Province of Ontario announced that they are extending the winter break for all students and that all schools in Ontario will be closed on Monday January 3 and Tuesday January 4 to students. All students will return to classes on Wednesday, January 5. This direction also applies to students enrolled in DDSB@Home.

We are waiting on more specific information from the Ministry of Education regarding updated protocols and will be sending you a follow-up communication next week as we adjust our planning and meet with the Durham Region Health Department.

We understand that families may be concerned about the spread of the Omicron variant and the impact this may have on your child’s learning. Key strategies for all members of our community are to wear a mask, be vaccinated, and to avoid unnecessary high-risk situations. Most importantly, please follow the province’s updated public health guidance if you are sick or a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Our collective efforts will help support our school communities. On behalf of everyone at the DDSB, we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new reality together.

Norah Marsh
Director of Education
Durham District School Board