The April meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on April 26, 2022. The following provides highlights from the meeting.
On March 9, 2022, the province announced several changes to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols that will take effect in March. Please see the following post for a summary of the changes that affect schools.
Masking mandate to end in UGDSB on March 21, as school board does not have the authority to continue enforcement of the mandate
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.
On March 9, 2022, Ontario announced changes to COVID-19 requirements effective March 21, including lifting mask mandates in schools. Please note that the Upper Grand DSB continues to have a Board Resolution requiring masks in schools. We will consult with the province and will provide additional information as soon as we can.
The UGDSB’s elementary temporary remote learning option will end on March 10, 2022. March Break runs from March 11 to 18, 2022. Students in temporary remote learning will return to in-person learning on March 21, 2022.
Moving forward and due to current supply levels, rapid antigen tests available at schools will be distributed to students on an as-needed basis. For example, a student who was required to be away from school and used their previously RATs during that unplanned absence – the school may distribute an additional two tests to this student upon their return to in-person learning.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) continues to offer numerous COVID-19 vaccination clinics across our region.
The January meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on January 25, 2022. The following provides highlights from the meeting.
The Transportation Consortium (STWDSTS) that provides student transportation services to the Upper Grand DSB and neighbouring school boards is advising that due to COVID-19, the Omicron variant and isolation requirements, they may experience higher than normal absence rates for school bus drivers. To address bus driver shortages and avoid cancelling bus routes at the last minute in the morning, some bus routes in the UGDSB will be proactively cancelled to free up drivers.
In recognition of the level of ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19, the decision has been made by the Upper Grand District School Board to defer the administration of the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment.