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COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Update

UCDSB Operational Update
(Updated as of March 31) 

The UCDSB wants to provide you with an update on the current status of school closures and the work that the UCDSB is doing to support student learning during the COVID-19 school closure period. While things are changing rapidly, here is what we know today: 

School Closure Period 
In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and help flatten the curve on the virus, the Ontario government has officially closed schools until May 4 for students, this includes UCDSB schools. All administrative offices for the UCDSB are also closed. 

Continuation of Learning & Resources
The Ministry of Education announced today that it would be providing additional guidance to school boards across the province around moving towards distance learning for students in Ontario schools. When we have more details on this, we will share it with our schools, staff, and families. There will be more information on this soon. 

The UCDSB has started to provide a collection of learning activities suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students that parents can use to promote additional learning opportunities at home. These activities are posted on our Learn at Home web page, which also lists the resources provided by the provincial government. 

For Grade 9 -12 students, we are exploring how to enable distance learning so that our teachers and students can continue with curriculum commitments. We are working with our staff and the Ministry of Education to finalize a learning plan that builds on the resources already provided by the province

Our Learning Support Services staff is working to ensure that learning plans during this period also include strategies to support students with specialized learning needs.

Access to Schools and School Grounds
All of our school buildings are closed for health and safety reasons and we cannot enter them. This includes regular use of childcare facilities within our school a well. As a means to reduce the spread of COVID-19, public health has also ordered the closure of all school grounds, athletic fields and play structures, prohibiting use at this time. The UCDSB cannot ensure the cleanliness of these facilities and use of these facility spaces is inconsistent with the requirements for social distancing.

Risk of Loss of School Year
For many students and parents, particularly in Grade 12, there is concern about the possible loss of the school year. The Minister of Education was very clear in his letter that “no graduating student will have their ability to graduate impacted by the two-week closure and the COVID-19 developments.” We share this sentiment and have prioritized our continuation of learning planning.  

Staying Connected
Our school-based staff have been focusing on reconnecting with others, establishing work from home spaces, and most importantly, reaching out to their students and families. Watch for emails, newsletters, phone calls, and/or social media posts. This will likely look different across the UCDSB depending on the grade and the practices already established for teacher to student and/or teacher to parent communication.

Public Health Information 
For the latest information on the status of COVID-19 in your region, the province, and specific actions that are being asked of the public, please refer to these public health resources:

Mental Health Resources
We want our families to be healthy, both physically and mentally, during these changing and uncertain times. Here are some resources to help you take care of your family's mental health:

We will continue to work to get accurate information and share that with you as quickly as possible in order to provide everyone peace of mind.

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