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COVID-19 Info Centre

COVID-19 Info Centre

As we continue to navigate the school year, we want to ensure our families and community have up-to-date information on what health and safety measures in place and the tracking of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our schools.

Our operational procedures and practices will evolve as new information becomes available and the community health situation changes. We are committed to ensuring we are maintaining safe, clean, and supportive school settings and will adjust our practices as directed by our public health units or the Ministry of Education. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Attestation Summary

  As of September 15, 2021

 

School Board Employees & Trustees

Other Individuals1

#

%

#

%

Total number of individuals to which the policy currently applies (active UCDSB employees excludes leaves)

3680

100.0%

In progress

In progress

The number of individuals who have not yet submitted an attestation form

251

6.82%

In progress

In progress

Total number of individuals who have completed the attestation form and attested to being fully vaccinated

3177

92.65%

In progress

In progress

Total number of individuals who provided a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated

1

0.03%

In progress

In progress


COVID-19 Advisory Information

We recognize that parents, students and staff have an interest in knowing if and when a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 case has been identified within their school.

The UCDSB works in collaboration with both the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to ensure that schools are operating safely.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case within UCDSB schools, the local public health
unit will investigate the case and parents/guardians and staff will be contacted if they are identified as a high-risk or low-risk contact. Public health authorities also will determine if an outbreak exists and provide direction to implement  outbreak control measures.

An outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

Visit 
COVID-19 Cases in Schools and Child Care Centres for provincial data. Please note that the provincial data may take 24 to 48 hours to be updated, depending on the timing of the reported case(s).

Read the COVID-19 School Management Toolkit collectively distributed by the LGL and EOHU which is intended to be used by school boards and school staff to manage COVID-19 in a school setting.

COVID-19 Screening Tool


School Name

Date

Number of Cases

School Status

Almonte DHS

 

Open

Arklan Community PS



Open

Athens DHS



Open

Beckwith PS

   

Open

Bridgewood PS


 

Open

Brockville CI



Open

Caldwell Street PS

 



Open

Cambridge PS



Open

Carleton Place HS


                       

Open

Centennial '67 PS



Open

Central PS

   

Open

Char-Lan DHS

   

Open

Chesterville PS



Open

Chimo ES

 

Open

Commonwealth PS



Open

Cornwall Collegiate VS

 
Sept. 14, 2021

              1

Open

Drummond CS



Open

Duncan J. Schoular PS



Open

Eamer's Corners PS

 
 

Open

Front of Yonge ES



Open

Gananoque SS

   

Open

Glengarry DHS

 


Open

Glen Tay PS



Open

Iroquois PS



Open

Kemptville PS

   

Open

Laggan PS

 

Open

Linklater PS



Open

Lombardy PS

   

Open

Longue Sault PS


 
 

Open

Lyn PS

   

Open

Maple Grove ES



Open

Maxville PS



Open

Maynard PS

 
Sept. 13, 2021
         
1

Open

Meadowview PS



Open

Merrickville PS



Open

Montague PS



Open

Morrisburg PS

 
 

Open

Naismith Memorial PS



Open

Nationview PS



Open

North Dundas DHS

 

Open

North Elmsley PS



Open

North Grenville DHS

   

Open

North Stormont PS

 

Open

Oxford-on-Rideau PS

 

Open

Pakenham PS

 

Open

Perth DCI

 

Open

Pineview PS



Open

Pleasant Corners PS

 
Sept. 11, 2021

1

Open

The Queen Elizabeth School



Open

R. Tait McKenzie PS



Open

Rideau DHS



Open

Rideau Vista PS

 

Open

Rockland DHS

 



Open

Rockland PS

Sept. 14, 2021

1

Open

Rothwell-Osnabruck PS




Open

Roxmore PS

   

Open

Russell HS

   

Open

Russell PS



Open

Seaway DHS



Open

Smiths Falls DCI

   

Open

South Branch ES

   

Open

South Crosby PS



Open

South Edwardsburg PS

 
Sept. 10, 2021

1

Open

South Grenville DHS



Open

St. Lawrence SS

 
Sept. 15, 2021
 
<5

Open

Sweet's Corners PS



Open

Tagwi SS

 
Sept. 15, 2021

1

Open

The Stewart School

 

Open

Thousand Islands SS

   

Open

Thousand Islands ES



Open

TR Leger Campuses

 

Open

Toniata PS



Open

Vanier PS



Open

Viscount Alexander PS

 
Sept. 15, 2021
 
>5

Open

Vankleek Hill CI

 
Sept. 15, 2021

<5

Open

Wellington PS



Open

Westminster PS



Open

Williamstown PS



Open

Winchester PS

   

Open

Central Board Office

 
 


Return to School Guide for Families


Read our 2021-2022 Return to School Guide for Families, in addition to a comprehensive list of Return to School FAQs. Some highlights include:
  • All students will need to screen for COVID-19 symptoms each day, prior to attending school using the provincial COVID-19 screening tool.
  • Students will need to provide confirmation they've screened for symptoms (active screening) during the first two weeks of the school year, following breaks (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas), and after an outbreak is declared at the direction of the health unit. Download the Confirmation of Daily Screening Form and send it to school each morning with your child.
  • All staff and all students in Grades 1-12 will be required to wear masks while indoors and on student transportation. Students in Kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks, but it’s not mandatory.
  • Based on the guidance of our local public health units, students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will not mix cohorts at any time. Given the potential for students in Grades 7 and 8 to be vaccinated against COVID-19, they do not need to stay within their cohort during recess and breaks outdoors, but masks will be worn outside when social distancing cannot be maintained and mixing of cohorts occurs.
  • Students in Grades 9-12 will have two courses for the fall (first nine weeks), similar to last year’s schedule. Classes will consist of 150 minutes of instruction. Students will have one class in the morning and one in the afternoon with a lunch break in the middle. Breaks will be provided during classes. 

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Ventilation in Schools

Each year, the UCDSB makes upgrades and improvements to our 79 schools within the school district. Recently, the provincial government has given school boards funding to accelerate improvements to school ventilation and has provided guidelines for ventilation that school boards must follow.

Within the UCDSB, 89% of our schools already had mechanical ventilation systems (ventilation systems that provide fresh air and exhaust, not by windows or exhaust only) in place, prior to these guidelines. In places where there isn’t mechanical ventilation, it’s due to infrastructure limitations and we have taken additional measures in those areas to improve air quality. With the use of new funding provided by the Ministry of Education to Ontario school boards, we will now be able to increase the air quality and flow in more of our schools.

Following the Ministry of Educations Ventilation Best Practice Guidelines/Checklists  school boards are expected to continue using and/or adopt ventilation improvement measures that are applicable to schools’ existing ventilation systems, and the UCDSB will meet or exceed all of these guidelines.

Here is a summary of what the UCDSB will have in place for the 2022-2021 school year.

  • The UCDSB needed 289 HEPA units to meet ministry standards. We have gone above and have purchased 2,230 HEPA units, with 1,996 to be in place in schools by the start of the school year.
  • HEPA units will be in places such as portables, classes where windows can’t open, and other places where air flow can’t be increased by the school’s mechanical ventilation system. An inventory will be maintained in order to ensure continuous maintenance coverage.
  • It was already UCDSB practice to use the highest rated filters possible in our ventilation systems, and we will continue to do that in addition to more frequent changing of filters.
  • All JK/SK classrooms will have at least one HEPA unit, even if there is mechanical ventilation already in place.
  • Fresh airflow will be increased during the day and all ventilation systems will operate for two hours before and after school use.
  • Daily monitoring of controls to verify ventilation systems are operating to maintain maximum level of ventilation in occupied areas and temperatures are controlled

Additionally, the UCDSB has 19 ventilation projects planned for the 2021-2022 school year. Ventilation upgrades will be a focus of future capital upgrade projects as well.

Read more about our UCDSB School Ventilation Upgrades and Imrpovement Project to view the full scope of ventilation updates and HEPA units within our schools.

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