Ontario is looking at ways to keep coursework going if the COVID-19 pandemic prevents schools from reopening on April 6 as planned, the province’s education minister said in an open letter to parents on Sunday.

The announcement builds on previous news that the province had launched an online learning portal aimed at preventing students from falling behind during the two-week school closure that follows March break.

“Although publicly funded schools are ordered closed until April 6, the fluidity of developments around COVID-19 means we are preparing in the event the closure period is further extended,” Lecce wrote.

“Specifically, we are working to ensure that students will be able to continue their coursework and credit accumulation, even when we aren’t able to be in a classroom setting.”

He said the province is working to expand existing online learning tools to keep students on track, and noted that the government is reaching out to school boards to ensure that students who don’t currently have access to a computer at home get the technology they need to participate.

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