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COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Why are schools closing? 

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. 

What is being done for Grade 12 students applying to university or collage?
Graduating students should not have their graduation or progression impacted by the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Education is working in close cooperation with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to ensure no student’s graduation or transition to post-secondary is jeopardized as a result of the school closure period. More information will be shared with families as we get it.

Will Grade 12 students who don’t have all their community hours still be able to graduate this year?
The graduation requirement to complete 40 hours of community involvement has been suspended for this school year and will still be able to graduate if they have not completed these hours.

With the extended closure, what is the plan for students to continue their courses? 
The Ministry of Education has instructed school-boards to resume teacher-led learning activities as of Monday, April 6. More information from teachers and principals will come next week. 

The Ministry of Education has outlined minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher. These expectations include:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;
  • Grades 4-6: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;
  • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,
  • Grades 9-12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

 

Will the EQAO & Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) assessments be cancelled? 

The Ministry of Education has cancelled all EQAO assessments, including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) for Grade 10 students, for the remainder of this school year. For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement will be waived. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the OSSLT in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

 

Do school closures mean the school year is going to be extended? 
At this time, there has been no changes to the school year or school year calendar. 

  

If my child has an IEP, what do I do with the paperwork and forms that are usually submitted at this time? 

IEPs will be sent home to families once schools are back to regular schedules. If you have any paperwork related to IEPs please keep it at home with you.  When school is back in session, you will get information about IEPs and how to send information back to the school. 

My child has an IEP. What special work is he/she going to get?  
 

We are currently working on developing suggestions for resources for all students during the school closure period. 

How can I take care of my family's mental health?
There are a number of great resources you can access providing information on caring for your mental health. Great resources to start with are:

How can I protect myself and family from COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs 
  • Immediately dispose of any tissues as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards
  • Clean and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others. 
Is there community access to UCDSB buildings? 
All third-party use of our schools is cancelled during this time of closure, that includes programs such as Boys and Girls club, sports and other activities. Please direct any questions regarding these activities to the event/activity/program organizers.


Is my co-op placement 
still active?

  • All co-op programs have been suspended during the school closures.  


  •  What about my dual credit program? 

  • The UCDSB is currently reviewing how/if dual credit programs for some of our secondary students will continue during this time of school closure. More information will be communicated directly to those involved in those programs.

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  • My child has a field trip later in the school year, is it cancelled?

  • All field trips are cancelled or postponed at this time. Schools will contact parents and students who are impacted by these changes.

Are daycares still open in UCDSB buildings? 
All childcare facilities that operate within UCDSB schools are closed during the school closure period. Please direct any questions regarding childcare services to your provider. 

Are all OFSAA/EOSSAA events cancelled?
With consideration to school closures, EOSSAA and OFSAA have cancelled all championships. 

We only have one computer and I need it to work. What is my child supposed to do if they have online assignments? 

If you do not have Internet access at home, or you feel you are lacking the number of devices for your children to use, or you have children with a Board-provided device to support their special education programming, we are asking parents to complete this online survey – Technology Survey for UCDSB Families – or call 613-342-0435 (toll free 1-888-593-5556) to leave call back information so that we can contact you to determine your specific needs.

 

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