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Keeping UGDSB schools healthy and safe

November 14, 2022


Schools are experiencing absences this season due to the spread of respiratory illnesses. The UGDSB strongly recommends everyone to continue to follow public health’s preventative measures to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses in schools and help keep children and youth healthy. Please read below for measures for keeping schools healthy and safe.

Masking in Schools

On Monday November 14, 2022, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said he is “strongly recommending” that Ontarians wear masks in all indoor public settings, including in schools and in childcare settings, due to the circulation of respiratory viruses and the pressure this is putting on the province’s health care system. 

The UGDSB strongly recommends people wear masks in schools as a key preventative measure, in addition to the layers in place and detailed below.

We understand that people may choose to wear or not wear a mask in schools, and we will continue to ensure our learning environments are respectful and supportive of an individual’s personal choice.

UGDSB Protocols

The following health and safety protocols continue to be in place at UGDSB schools:

Resumption of Absence Tracking

We know how important quick access to information and data is to families, students and staff.  The UGDSB will resume Daily School Absence reporting on the board website allowing us to monitor absenteeism rates and transparently share this information with the public.   

Starting on November 21, 2022, the UGDSB will post absenteeism data daily, by school, from Monday to Friday on the UGDSB public website. The webpage will show the overall percentage of absenteeism in any given school and compare it to that particular school’s September attendance baseline.

Public Health Recommendations

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