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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. 

Here are some resources with updated public health guidance that families may find helpful:

Here are health screening tools for families:


COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Attestation Summary

Posted November 10, 2021 data as of November 3, 2021

 

School Board Employees & Trustees

Other Individuals

#

%

#

%

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

3942

100.0%

2340

100.0%

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

183

4.64%

0

0%

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

3547

90.66%

2230            

95.29%

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

5

0.001%

7

.002%

The UCDSB Vaccine Disclosure Protocol can be viewed here.



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/Checklistsschool 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 2021-2022 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 Improvement Project to view the full scope of ventilation updates and HEPA units within our schools.

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