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UCDSB School Reopening Plan

UCDSB School Reopening Plan

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The Upper Canada District School Board is looking forward to welcoming students and staff safely back to school in September. The school district, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and with our local Medical Officers of Health, will be reopening schools for instruction on September 4, 2020. Changes to routines and procedures are to be expected as we put requirements for enhanced health and hygiene practices in place in our schools.

We ask that you review the information in the Return to School Guide (available in the sections below or in the printable PDF) and the information in our FAQ section so that you have a better understanding of what school will look like this year and can make an informed choice to confirm whether your child(ren) will be attending school in-person or if they will be learning remotely from home. 
To indicate your choice, complete th Confirmation of Attendance Form for each student in your home. This information is necessary for us to plan for the new school year and to finalize staffing. We ask that a form for each student is completed by 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 20. 




In this section, you will find information on:  

  • 3.School Attendance  

  • 3.2 Admission for Students to Transfer from Distance Learning to Local Schools After September 2020  

  • 3.3 Preparing our School Sites – General Site Preparation Measures: 

  • 3.4 Water fountains 

  • 3. Custodial support in schools 

  • 3.6 Physical spaces within classrooms 

  • 3.7 Health Screening 

  • 3.8 Outbreak Protocol  

  • 3. Contact Tracing – Students 

  • 3.10 Parents, Volunteers and Visitors Within Our Schools 

  • 3.11 Meetings  

  • 3.12 Wellness Room 

  • 3.13 Transportation  

In this section, you will find information on: 

  • 4.1 Elementary Class Organization  

  • 4.2 Secondary Class Organization 

  • 4.3 Arrival and Dismissal 

  • 4.4 Health and Safety practices – Hand Hygiene  

  • 4.5 Health and Safety practices - Wearing of Masks or Face Coverings  

  • 4.6 Personal belongings and Storage 

  • 4.Learning materials 

  • 4.8 Recess 

  • 4.9 Lunch 

  • 4.10 Washrooms 

  • 4.11 Classroom doors 

  • 4.12 Use of outdoor space 

  • 4.13 Communication to Parents/Guardians 

  • 4.14 Learning Commons 

In this section, you will find information on:   

  • 5.1 Mental health and well-being 

  • 5.2 Transition to a new grade 

  • 5.3 Distance Learning for the 2020-2021 School Year  

  • 5.4 Assessment and Evaluation 

  • 5.5 Secondary School Students Assessment and Evaluation 

  • 5.6 Provincial EQAO Assessments 

  • 5.7 Music 

  • 5.8 Physical Education, Science, The Arts, and Technology-Based Courses 

  • 5.9 Sports (Intramurals and Interscholastic Athletics) 

In this section, you will find information on: 

  • 6.1 Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs 

  • 6.2 OYAP and Dual Credit programs 

  • 6.3 Co-operative Education 

  • 6.4 Community Involvement / Community Service Hours 

  • 6.Literacy Requirement for Graduation 

In this section, you will find information on:  

  • 7.1 Supporting Students with Special Education Needs 

  • 7.2 Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs 

  • 7.3 Transition to school 

In this section, you will find information on:  

  • 10.1 Health and Safety: A Shared Responsibility  

  • 10.2 Staff meetings, staff rooms, and gatherings 

  • 10.3 Shared resources and materials 

In this section, you will find information on: 

  • 11.1 Fire and Lockdown Drills 

  • 11.2 Field trips 

  • 11.3 Community use of schools 

  • 11.4 Assemblies 

  • 11.5 Electronic payments 

  • 11.6 Play Structures 

  • 11.7 Student Nutrition Programs 


Background Info: Direction to School Boards for Draft Reopening Plans
On June 19, 2020 the
Ministry of Education released guidelines for schools to use to create a reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. These guidelines identified a series of directions to protect the health and safety of students and staff related to the reopening of schools such as:
  • outlining the modification of school routines;
  • health and safety protocols;
  • student transportation guidelines, and;
  • the expectation for the availability of remote learning should some parents choose not to send their child back to school in adapted scenarios.

Among the more noteworthy aspects of the ministry guidelines was how school districts must be prepared to respond to three scenarios for the delivery of learning, which is dependent upon prevailing public health conditions. The scenarios are a follows:

  • Scenario 1: a regular school day routine with enhanced public health protocols;
  • Scenario 2: an “adapted” or modified school day routine based on smaller class sizes, cohorting and alternative day or week delivery, and;
  • Scenario 3: Distance Learning / at-home learning with ongoing enhanced remote 

It is the preference of the Upper Canada District School Board to prepare for a full return of all students to regular classes five days per week, should it be deemed safe to do so the local Chief Medical Officers of Health.

General Overview of Each Scenario

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