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All Upper Grand DSB schools are closed

All Upper Grand DSB schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until at least May 4, 2020. All UGDSB buildings and grounds are closed to the public. We will continue to share updates as we receive them. 

Important Information and Resources:

Letter to parents: UGDSB Learning at Home (April 3, 2020)

Posted April 3, 2020

A letter from the Director of Education regarding the board’s distance learning program is posted on the board website.

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Special Education, Equity and Learning at Home

Posted April 3, 2020

Preliminary information from the board on student access to devices and technology, SEA equipment, hands-on based learning ideas, and more.

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Notice of cancelled and postponed school events 

Posted April 1, 2020

Due to the extension of school closures in Ontario, the UGDSB has decided to cancel or postpone a number of school based events.

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Important letter from the Minister of Education to parents (March 31, 2020)

Posted April 1, 2020

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has written an important letter for all Ontario parents and guardians, regarding the extension of school closures in Ontario and information on distance learning for students. 

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Ontario school closures extended until at least May

Posted March 31, 2020

On Tuesday March 31, 2020, the Premier of Ontario announced that in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least May 1 for staff and May 4 for students. Premier Ford also said that the province is prepared to extend the school closures even further if required.

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Phone Calls from Classroom Teachers

Posted March 31, 2020

Hello Alma PS families, I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well. In the upcoming days, classroom teachers from Alma Public School will be contacting families to check in with you and our students. Please note that phone calls may appear as “Blocked Call,” “Confidential,” or something similar, ...

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IMPORTANT Information from School

Posted March 30, 2020

To request your child's password reset, please email the school. The school's email address can be found at the very top right corner of this webpage. Please be sure to include your child's full name as well as the name of their homeroom teacher.

Reminder: All UGDSB playgrounds are closed

Posted March 28, 2020

A reminder to all members of our school communities that in alignment with municipal closures around COVID-19, all Upper Grand DSB schoolyard play structures are closed.

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Parents please read: Distance learning and staff reaching out to families

Posted March 27, 2020

A letter from the Director of Education has been posted to the board website (Friday March 27, 2020). The letter contains important information regarding the board’s distance learning plan and information about staff reaching out to families.

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Letter to Parents from the Director: Continuity of Learning (March 23, 2020)

Posted March 23, 2020

Parents and guardians are asked to read the letter from the Director of Education, posted to the board website on March 23, 2020.

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Important letter from the Minister of Education to parents (March 22, 2020)

Posted March 23, 2020

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has written an important letter for all Ontario parents and guardians, March 22, 2020.

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School closures: Information for UGDSB families regarding COVID-19

Posted March 13, 2020

The province has ordered all publicly funded schools in Ontario to close for two weeks following March Break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19. As a result, Upper Grand DSB schools will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020. 

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Please read: Information for UGDSB schools regarding international travel and COVID-19

Posted March 12, 2020

With March Break approaching, many families and staff have questions about international travel and precautions required upon returning from travel. A letter with travel advice from Public Health is posted on the UGDSB website.

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COVID-19: Letter to Parents/Guardians

Posted March 12, 2020

March 9, 2020 Dear parents and guardians, We have received some questions from parents regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and wanted to provide families with information from the health authorities. As with all public health matters, the Upper Grand District School Board works closely with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and other health agencies to monitor and ...

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Live Free Campaign Supporting Our Snack Bin Program

Posted March 2, 2020

Alma P.S.’s Snack Bin Program: Every day, many children in our community live without basic necessities that many of us take for granted. Often these children arrive at school without the proper nutrition they need to help them focus in class. Put simply, they are too hungry to learn. From January to ...

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March is Nutrition Month

Posted March 2, 2020

March 2020 WDG Public Health is pleased to provide elementary and secondary schools with up-to-date information on health topics for their monthly newsletters and announcements to parents. Please find below an insert you can include in your school newsletter and/or announcements if you wish. Images can be included or excluded as ...

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In Ontario, children and youth 0-19 are eligible for a FREE comprehensive eye exam every 12 months through OHIP.

Posted March 2, 2020

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health March 2020 WDG Public Health is pleased to provide elementary and secondary schools with up-to-date information on health topics for their monthly newsletters and announcements to parents. Please find below an insert you can include in your school newsletter and/or announcements if you wish. Images can be included or ...

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Alma Optimist Swim Program – March Break Activity!

Posted February 25, 2020

Looking for something to do over March Break?  Why not join the Optimists for their annual swim at the Fergus CW Sports Complex! Thursday, March 19th, 2020 (note: Thursday this year!) @ Centre Wellington Sports Complex in Fergus The bus will leave Alma St. Andrews Presbyterian Church @ 1:30pm and return at 4:15pm Cost: ...

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Monthly Environmental Activities to help Celebrate our Planet

Posted February 25, 2020

Join the global Movement! Celebrate Earth Hour on March 28th at 8:30pm. Earth Hour’s mission is uniting people to protect the planet by raising awareness of about climate change and encouraging positive action. “Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has ...

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LET’S TALK (NOT TEXT) ABOUT SCREEN TIME

Posted February 25, 2020

LET’S TALK (NOT TEXT) ABOUT SCREEN TIME Are screens the new smoking? Parents and students are invited to learn more about the many impacts of screens on our lives and how we might foster a healthier relationship with them.  Come and join us Thursday, April 23 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at ...

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