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UCDSB School Reopening Plan

School Reopening Plan Summary

On July 30, the Ministry of Education announced the provincial school reopening plan that all school boards in the province will need to follow.

Elementary Students
For UCDSB elementary students will be in class five days a week, with enhanced health and hygiene protocols starting on September 4, 2020. 

Secondary Students
It is our hope that our secondary students back in class five days a week, but first we need to ensure we can adopt a daily timetable that limits interaction between multiple groups of students while at school. More information will be provided once we have further clarity and assurance on this.  
Masking/Face Coverings
The provincial school reopening plan states that 
Grade 4-12 students will be required to wear cloth masks or face coverings while at school when physical distancing is not possible. Students from JK to Grade 3 are not required to wear face coverings but will be able to do so if it is preferred by their parent/guardian. More details on student face covering protocols will be shared over the next few weeks.  
Enhanced Health and Hygiene
The UCDSB will be following all recommendations regarding enhanced health and hygiene practices. We are currently working to install additional hand hygiene stations and enhancing the cleaning of school sites. Our next steps are to refine and adjust daily school routines, including drop-off and pick-up for students, nutrition breaks, directional routes within schools, illness protocols, and lunch routines, to name a few.  

Optional Distance Learning
For parents and guardians that are not comfortable or able to send their child to school, there is the option to continue with distance learning. Pre-registration for full-time distance learning will be required. If this is your intent, please watch for more information on this.  

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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