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COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Update

UCDSB Operational Update
(Updated as of April 8) 

This is the current status work that the UCDSB is doing to support families and distance learning during the COVID-19 school closure period. 

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 UCDSB has compiled 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. 

Learn at Home Plan April 2020

Accessing School Grounds
As a means to reduce the spread of COVID-19, public health has ordered the closure of all school grounds, athletic fields and play structures, prohibiting use at this time. 

Emergency Child Care Services
The UCDSB has responded to requests from municipalities to open four emergency child care centres as part of the provincial plan to help front line workers to continue to do their jobs. These child care centres are located at Chesterville Public School, Commonwealth Public SchoolPleasant Corners Public School, and South Branch Elementary School

Risk of Loss for the 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.  

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:

Community Resources for Families
As we navigate through these unprecedented times, we want our staff, students and families to know that we are all in this together. While the core function of the school board is to educate students, our relationship with families gives us the opportunity to help beyond academics. Here are some resources:

Eastern Ontario 211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthens Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians become more engaged with their communities. To contact Ontario 211, dial 2-1-1 on your phone or the toll-free number 1-877-330-3213.

For those looking to help or give during this time, the United Way national campaign helping people during the COVID-19 crisis is the "Local Love in a Global Crisis.”

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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