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Inclement Weather Update to Families & Students
Inclement Weather Update to Families & Students
Posted on 10/28/2021
October Director Update

Dear UCDSB Parents, Guardians and Students,

I can’t believe November is almost here! We’ve been fortunate to have great weather in October, but soon enough we will be pulling out winter clothes. With that in mind, I want to update families on our inclement weather/snow day policy for this year as well as remind families about upcoming masking requirements for Kindergarten students.

Inclement weather/snow days
For the 2021-22 school year, when school transportation is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, UCDSB schools will remain open to staff and students.

Cancellation announcements will be made no later than 6:15 a.m. Parents, guardians and students can verify if transportation is cancelled in the following ways:

From STEO:

    • www.steo.ca 
    • Bus Planner Delays App (free app)
    • STEO’s Facebook page or on Twitter @STEO_news and @steocancels
    • STEO’s inclement weather hotline at 1-866-629-0629 (updated no later than 6:15 a.m.)
    • By email through STEO’s Parent Portal. Register at www.STEO.ca 

From UCDSB:

  • Facebook (@UCDSB )
  • Twitter (@UCDSB)
  • Instagram (@uppercanadaDSB)
  • Your school’s Facebook page
  • Your school’s website/home page
  • By email, text or phone call for those signed up with My Family Room (based on your preferred communication selection)

More detailed information about inclement weather and snow days can be found here on the UCDSB website.

Resources and Class set up for Snow Days
Knowing that many students do not attend school on snow days, the UCDSB will provide review materials to students on these days to work independently. Activities will be available on the classroom’s Microsoft Team, or in hard copy and sent home in advance.

Your school or teacher will be in contact with you about accessing these activities and expectations in the coming weeks.

Synchronous learning will not be available to students learning from home on inclement weather days.

In some instances, classes may need to share a common space on a snow day. We have consulted with our public health units to ensure we are able to follow all guidelines and recommendations should this need to happen.

Masking for Kindergarten – November 1
As a reminder, starting on November 1, Kindergarten students will need to wear a mask while at school. Students will be able to remove their masks for eating, drinking and when they are outside at recess.

Having Kindergarten students wear masks was strongly recommended by both Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, indicating there are no negative health risks for our youngest students to wear masks and that it will provide them with more protection. Other school boards in our area have taken similar steps.

Should you have any questions about snow days or masking for Kindergarten students, please contact your school directly.

Have a great rest of your week and a wonderful weekend,

Ron Ferguson
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board

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