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Masking mandate to end in UGDSB on March 21, as school board does not have the authority to continue enforcement of the mandate

March 10, 2022

Mandatory masking will no longer be required in Upper Grand District School Board schools as of March 21, 2022, as the school board does not have the authority to enforce this beyond March 21.

Here are the facts:

UGDSB March 22, 2022, Board Meeting

As such, at the March 22, 2022, regular UGDSB Board Meeting, the changes to mask protocols will be on the agenda. The Board of Trustees will need to follow the direction of the government and bring forward a motion to align with Ministry direction and rescind the Board Resolution. 

We know that the topic of masks can be a divisive one. We want to stress that students, staff and visitors are still welcome to wear masks in our schools, and this is their choice. Masking indoors continues to be strongly encouraged. Staff will continue to be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE). 

We encourage all members of our school communities to treat others with kindness and respect with regards to their choice. 

As we head into the March Break, I would like to wish everyone a safe and restful break and continue to encourage everyone to follow public health measures. 

Thank you,

Peter Sovran
Director of Education

Linda Busuttil
Chair of the Board

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