• Stephen Lecce, MPP

In-Person Summer Learning to Support Student Success and a Strong Start to 2021-22 School Year

June 25, 2021

TORONTO — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on 2021 summer learning opportunities for Ontario students: “To further promote student academic success, to reduce learning gaps, and to ensure that students are fully engaged in their studies, Ontario has expanded summer learning to the largest program ever in our history. We are allocating over $62 million in funding for summer learning programming and expanded offerings to prepare students with the knowledge and skills for success in the next grade, course, or postsecondary destination. School boards are delivering virtual summer programming in July. To build upon this, and with the support of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, we are permitting school boards to offer in-person summer school in August with strict health and safety measures in place. We are pleased with the high rate of vaccinations in Ontario, with over 76 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and older having received one dose, and over 29 per cent with two doses. More than 53 per cent of youth aged 12 to 17 have received at least one dose. We will continue to ramp up vaccination efforts ahead of September to deliver a safe, and more normal in-person learning experience. Our government is focused on supporting students who may face learning gaps as a consequence of this pandemic. That is why we developed an $85 million plan to help them recover from learning disruptions with a focus on positive mental health, math and reading supports, re-engaging students, as well as $80 million in specialized mental health supports and staffing for the 2021-22 school year. For the new school ye