Jan. 14, 2021


Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario Statement on School Closures and Remote Learning

TORONTO: The Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO) understands that difficult decisions must be made to protect people’s health during the pandemic. 

“As educators and administrators, Principals and Vice-Principals have dedicated themselves without fail to ensuring that our schools provide a safe and supportive learning environment for our students. However, as community transmission continues to rise, the decision to close schools to in-person learning, in targeted regions, is the right decision. By extending the period for remote learning and enacting new precautionary measures, we are better able to protect the health and safety of students, staff and their families,” said Blaine MacDougall, CPCO’s President.

Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals have been working tirelessly, since the beginning of the pandemic, implementing complex measures on short notice and will continue to work diligently to implement the government's direction.

“As the government works with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to identify future actions to protect the health and safety of our communities, we would like to bring specific attention to the rising rates of transmission in Northern Ontario,” said MacDougall. “On behalf of our colleagues, CPCO encourages the Ontario government to proactively enact additional protective measures for schools in Northern Ontario. In addition, there is a real need to ensure that all students and families have access to reliable technology, broadband infrastructure, and the human resource support necessary to guarantee that students have the opportunity to experience success no matter where they are in the province.”

“I would like to thank our members for their continued efforts and dedication to their students and staff. We will continue to support our schools in collaboration with our education partners by advocating for proactive solutions to the challenges we are facing.”


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CPCO represents 2,100 Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals, who lead over 1,300 schools in 29 Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

For more information, please contact: 

Hannah Yakobi
Marketing & Communications Manager
Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO)
416-948-2726 (cell)