The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) announced all board schools will be closed on Tuesday, May 24 as the capital still deals with the impact of the devastating storm that swept through the city on May 21.
There will also be no remote learning. The OCSB said in a letter sent to parents on May 23 that for most students and staff, all board schools are scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, May 25.
"The decision to close all OCSB schools was based on the fact that thousands of families are still without power, roads still need to be cleared, and municipal officials are urging residents to stay off city streets as they attempt to stabilize roadways and traffic lights," the letter said.
The letter stated that if a school is unable to open, an email will be sent from the school's principal.
St. Monica School on Merivale Road sustained excessive damage from Saturday's storm, and will remained closed for the remainder of the week. Students will move to online learning beginning Wednesday, May 25, however students without power will not be required to participate in online learning. An email will be sent to parents from teachers so students can connect with their classes.
"The closure of schools will give OCSB facilities staff one more day to clear downed trees, broken branches, and debris in our schoolyards," the letter said. "However, given the magnitude of the storm, it may take several weeks to complete the clean-up of fallen leaves and broken branches fully."
All child care facilities located within OCSB schools will be closed as well on Tuesday, May 24, and there will be no student transportation available.