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Information for UGDSB schools regarding international travel and COVID-19

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March 12, 2020

Dear UGDSB parents/guardians,

The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. 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 address concerns, and that is the case with COVID-19.

With March Break approaching, we have received questions about international travel and precautions required upon returning from travel.

The following information is from WDG Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada and is current as of March 12, 2020. Please note that the situation regarding COVID-19 is changing rapidly, therefore we encourage everyone to check the following websites for the most up to date information as the situation evolves:

Travel advisories

There are several active travel health notices for COVID-19. Each country or area may have different levels of risk. These risk levels may change as the COVID-19 event evolves internationally. All travellers should be aware that there are health risks when you travel. It is important to check your destination before you leave to know the risks and to be prepared.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is recommending that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

When you return from travel

PHAC says that the risk to Canadian travellers abroad is generally low but will vary depending on the destination. PHAC is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in other countries.

If you have travelled outside Canada, PHAC asks that you monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive in Canada. If you become sick upon your return, call WDG Public Health for further instructions.

If you have travelled outside Canada, you can reduce the risk of spreading infection by following prevention measures when returning to Canada.



All travellers have a responsibility to check official travel advisories and take proper safety precautions when travelling. Travellers also have a responsibility to report to Public Health if they have returned from travel and develop symptoms of COVID-19.

IN AN EMERGENCY: Individuals with severe respiratory symptoms should call 911 and advise the operator of your recent travel.

Reporting absences

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates to our communities as information becomes available.  Thank you and best wishes to you and your family for a restful March Break.    

Martha Rogers
Director of Education

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