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4th Floor - 240 Veterans Drive, Kenora, ON P9N 3Y5
Phone: 807-468-5571 Fax: 807-468-3857
Toll Free: 877-275-7771
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79 Casimir Ave, Dryden, ON P8N 2Z6
Phone: 807-223-5311 Fax: 807-223-4703
Toll Free: 877-287-5430
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COVID-19 Information & Updates
COVID-19 Information & Updates

COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Information and Updates for Students, Staff and Families 

PLEASE NOTE - Every effort will be made to ensure that this page has the most up to date information available.  Our students, staff and families are encouraged to check the Northwestern Health Unit's website, as well as the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada websites for updates on COVID-19 in Canada.


APRIL 2, 2020 - KPDSB opens wifi connections to the public

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is here to support our students, staff, families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the ways we are doing this is by making the internet connections at our schools and buildings available to anyone who may need it.  To access the connections, all that is required is to select the kp-public option from the list of available wifi connections and agree to the terms of use.

Please note - Anyone accessing the wifi connections at our schools will have to do so from outside the buildings and follow all government direction around limiting the spread of COVID-19, including: 

  • Staying home whenever possible
  • Practicing social distancing at all times
  • Self-isolating in your home if you have travelled recently, are feeling unwell, or think you may have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19

April 1, 2020 - ONtario government announces school closures extended until may 2020, releases phase 2 of learn from home.

Please click here to view a letter to families from Director of Education, Sherri-Lynne Pharand with updates regarding the extension of school closures until May 2020 and Phase 2 of Learning from Home. You can also click here to view an open letter to families from Education Minister, Stephen Lecce.


Please click here to see a letter to families from Director of Education, Sherri-Lynne Pharand, with information and updates on school closures due to COVID-19 pandemic.

MARCH 27, 2020 - All KPDSB school play structures closed during covid-19 pandemic

In addition to our schools and offices being closed, all KPDSB play structures outside of our schools are also closed.  Research has shown the COVID-19 virus can last on metal and plastic surfaces in both cold and warm temperatures for at least three (3) days.  The closure of all school play structures is to keep everyone safe and limit the possible spread of the virus. Thank you for your cooperation.

March 23, 2020 - Letter from director of education, sherri-lynne pharand, to all kpdsb families

Please click here to see a letter to families from Director of Education, Sherri-Lynne Pharand, with information and updates on school closures due to COVID-19 pandemic.

March 22, 2020 - Open letter to families from ontario education minister stephen lecce

Please click here to view an open letter to families from Ontario Minister of Education, Steven Lecce.

March 20, 2020 - Ontario Launches New Learn At Home Online Resource to Support Students and Families during COVID-19 Closures

The Ministry of Education and Government of Ontario launched the first phase of Learn at Home (click to follow the link) and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.  For more information, please view our Notice to Families by clicking here.

March 18, 2020 - EQAO Testing for 2019-2020 school Year

The Ministry of Education has announced that they will be cancelling all EQAO assessments for the remainder of this school year.  As a result, the literacy graduation requirement (OSSLT/OSSLC) f‚Äčor students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year will be waived. Students who are not graduating this school year will write the OSSLT in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

School Closures & Cancellations

On March 31, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced the closure of public schools in Ontario, originally announced to be for two weeks following the March Break, have been extended until May 2020.  Please click here to view the latest letter from our Director of Education.  

The following meetings have also been cancelled:

  • Committee of the Whole - March 24, 2020
  • Special Education Advisory Committee March Meeting

Additional Information

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