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Management of illness in schools, key protective measures

January 10, 2024

As we head into the new year (and cold and flu season), now is a good time to review measures for management of illness in schools. 

Key Protective Measures

As a school board, we want to remind everyone of the importance of many standard  protective strategies to help keep staff and students safe and healthy.  Strategies such as frequent hand washing, respiratory etiquette and making the most of our outdoor spaces for learning continue to contribute to the health and well-being of students and staff.  Classes in the UGDSB will continue to have a standalone HEPA filter unit with more than 2500 of these units deployed across the system. In addition  to these measures, the UGDSB will continue to support students, staff and visitors to our schools and respect their individual choices about masking. 

Management of Illness in Schools

The UGDSB will continue to follow the direction of WDGPH for appropriate responses to illnesses in our community. Please visit their website for the most current information about respiratory illnesses including COVID-19 on their updated site:

Cases of respiratory illness generally increase throughout the fall and winter months. Please review the most current guidance from the Ministry of Health throughout the season:

Attendance Monitoring

We know how important quick access to information and data is to families, students and staff.  The UGDSB continues to report daily on school absence rates, allowing us to monitor absenteeism rates and transparently share this information with the public.   Use this link to find the report:


The school board will continue to optimize air quality in classrooms and learning environments through improving ventilation and/or filtration. Ventilation is one layer of the protective strategies that will be utilized to support healthy and safe learning environments for students and staff.

The school board will continue its work optimizing air quality in classrooms and learning environments through improving ventilation and filtration. Upgrades to ventilation and filtration systems began in the 2020-21 school year and will continue to be monitored and maintained for the 2023-24 school year.

Standardized School Ventilation Measures Report 

For the 2023-24 school year, school boards will continue to communicate ventilation measures through the Standardized Ventilation Measures Report and make this information available on the board’s website. This information will continue to ensure transparency for school communities, including students, parents and staff, and provide consistent communication across the province. The information may include whether: ventilation has been inspected, measures in place in each school (such as use of higher grade filters, frequency of filter changes, HVAC systems are running longer, standalone HEPA filter units installed, windows are being opened, etc.).

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