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UCDSB Coronavirus Update
UCDSB Coronavirus Update
Posted on 03/06/2020
Coronavirus Update

Although there are no known cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region, it is important for families to know the proactive measures that the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has been taking in response to this virus.  

Most importantly, UCDSB staff are connecting regularly with public health officials who continue to carefully monitor the status of COVID-19 in our region.

At this point, the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus in our region is considered low. School closures are not recommended at this time by public health officials in our region but instead, are recommending that schools follow and promote standard respiratory illness precautions. These are the same precautions that are recommended every year during cold and influenza season: careful attention to handwashing practices and greater mindfulness of hygienic cough/sneeze practices, such as coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and throwing away used tissues immediately.

The UCDSB is taking the following measures to help minimize the spread of infection:

  • Regular cleaning of our schools and other sites, and increasing sanitation efforts when a 10 per cent or higher absenteeism rate due to illness is reported at any specific site;

  • Hand sanitizer stations are being installed in key areas of our buildings (specifically, main entrances) for use when handwashing isn’t practical. Public health is advising that the use of hand sanitizer should not replace handwashing;

  • Placing an emphasis on good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze practices when students are at school; and

  • Providing regular updates and fact sheets to schools regarding COVID-19 as provided by our health units. 

We ask families to assist us in our efforts by discussing with their children the importance of handwashing and respiratory etiquette. As well, parents/guardians continue to play a primary role in the decision to keep their children home if they are feeling sick or recovering from an illness. We’ve attached information that may help in making that decision.

With March Break around the corner, public health is urging travelers to check the latest guidance and recommendations for each country that you may travel to. Students, staff and members of the public who are regularly in our schools will need to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness, fever, cough, difficulty breathing before starting travel, and upon returning home. If students, staff or family members have any symptoms, they are instructed to contact public health, Telehealth, or their primary health care provider.

As this is a public health matter, we follow the direction and advice from our public health officials locally, provincially and federally. At any time should you have questions pertaining to the COVID-19 virus specifically, please contact your local health unit or refer to these resources.

Resources

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Ontario Ministry of Health

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Health Agency of Canada

 


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