Grand Erie cancels all extracurricular school activities

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The Grand Erie District School Board has cancelled all school trips, events and extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year.

“We know this will be disappointing news for many of our students and their families,” education director Brenda Blancher said in a news release on April 7.

The cancellations include graduations, proms, dances, school trips, spring sporting events, tournaments and meets, along with athletic banquets, parent-focused activities and the Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française.

“We recognize these are special events that greatly enhance our students’ experience in school and that much energy has already gone into their planning,” Blancher said. “As a board, however, we must do everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.”

The Ministry of Education has extended the province-wide closing of schools to May 4.

Blancher noted the board decided to prioritize the re-establishment of classroom routines and learning for students and staff should Grand Erie schools re-open in May.

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