I am writing to provide you an update
on school closures in Ontario. Yesterday, the Premier’s Office of Ontario announced an
extension of school closures to May 4, 2020, in response to COVID-19 in Ontario.
As such, all schools for students, including those enrolled in our international
program, will remain closed.
We understand that this news is
worrisome for many of our families especially as you are faced with decisions and/or
questions of your child’s education and well-being. Please know that the safety
of your child is our top priority and we will do our best to help you stay
informed throughout these times.
That being said, to help you navigate
through your concerns, below are answers to some commonly asked questions that we
have received regarding Peel schools’ international programs.
- Can international students with a valid study
permit return or travel to Canada?
students with a valid study permit or those who had been approved for the study
permit when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020 are exempted
from air travel or border restrictions. All individuals, however, must isolate
for 14 days upon their arrival in Canada.
- If my child leaves Canada to return home, will
they still attain credits for courses they are currently enrolled in?
In order to attain credits for current courses, all students
must successfully engage in phase two of the Learn at Home strategy. As the
Ministry of Education has indicated, no student will be at risk of
not graduating due to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The Ministry of
Education continues to collaborate with the Ministry of Colleges and
Universities to ensure that there will be no barriers to accessing
- Will online learning resources be available
for students who have left Canada for their home countries?
Online learning opportunities and other distance learning tools and
resources will continue to be available to support international students.
The board has developed a new
online learning plan for distance learning and we expect to launch it this week with
staff, students and families. We
will share clear expectations with students related to distance learning very
soon. Please visit www.peelschools.org/coronavirus for more
- I plan to continue my schooling in my home
country and I require a transcript as a validation of my studies, which I
completed in Ontario. Where and how can I get my official transcript indicating
I have completed my courses?
require transcripts for courses they have completed will need to contact their
school directly once schools re-open.
- As I had to return to my home country due to
the COVID-19 closure before the end of my semester, can I get a refund on my
We are not
able to provide refunds at this time. Please refer to our refund policy on our
website at www.peelschools.org/international and review the application form that you
provided to the international program.
- Who can I reach out to for mental and
physical health support during this time?
International students who are insured by Study Insured (formerly Ingle
International) can get access to the mental wellness and medical
that are available through the company, at no extra cost. The services are
available 24/7 and in multiple languages.
The following services are affiliated with Study Insured:
- Stay at Home At School program – Call toll-free 1-877-234-5327
- Intrepid 24/7 Emergency Medical
Assistance – Call toll-free
1-866-883-9787 or collect 416-640-7865.
Although schools and offices are closed, we are working to minimize
the impact on Peel board students and their families. For more information,
additional learning resources and mental health supports, visit www.peelschools.org/coronavirus.
Should you have any questions, please
Thank you for your support and understanding. I
will continue to communicate updates as they become available.
Peel Schools for International
Change in Peel Schools for International Students Fees starting September 2020
The fees for our elementary and secondary program will be changing effective September 2020. The fees will be as follows:
Elementary Program Fees:
Program fee: $13,650 (includes a $500 administrative fee)
Health Insurance: $540 (mandatory)
Secondary Program Fees:
Program fee: $14,650 (includes a $500 administrative fee)
Health Insurance: $540 (mandatory)
*Secondary fee includes up to 8 credits
Peel Schools for International Students opens sixth location for new students in September 2020
To help meet the growing demand, Mississauga Secondary School will become the sixth school to offer the Peel Schools for International Students program, beginning September 2020. Mississauga Secondary School offers a full range of courses addressing the needs of all students, whether their destination is the workplace, an apprenticeship, college or university. The curriculum optimizes successful pathways to multiple destinations after secondary school. The variety of courses offered serves the diverse needs of all learners, supporting student retention until goals are realized. To learn more about the school, visit http://schools.peelschools.org/sec/mississauga/Pages/default.aspx.
Mississauga Secondary School will be available for new applicants only, effective immediately. Student placement is determined by Peel District School Board administration based on availability.
To view the full list of Peel Schools for International Students locations, visit www.peelschools.org/international
Contact us with your questions—we're happy to help!
Phone: 905-890-1010, ext. 2177
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST)
Office Location: Peel District School Board - Peel Schools for International Students (Inside Leadership Development and School Services Office)
HJA Brown Education Centre
5650 Hurontario St., Mississauga ON, Canada