News & Announcements

All Upper Grand DSB schools are closed

All Upper Grand DSB schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until at least May 4, 2020. We will continue to share updates as we receive them. All UGDSB buildings and grounds are closed to the public.

Important Information and Resources:

Information regarding secondary interim report cards

March 10, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On March 5, 2020, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) announced further sanctions in response to provincial bargaining. These additional sanctions came into effect on March 9, 2020.

These new sanctions include restrictions as to what would be completed on secondary school interim report cards, as well as restrictions on the distribution of school and board materials.

In Ontario, interim report cards are not a mandatory part of the evaluation of course content for secondary schools. They are completed early each semester in order to give parents feedback with respect to their child’s progress. These reports are completed voluntarily by teachers. In the UGDSB, these reports historically have not included marks but rather focused on learning skills and an overall assessment of a student’s progress to date. They have also included information on lates and absences.

The sanctions now in place would cause these reports to be partially or entirely incomplete. As such, UGDSB has decided to cancel the interim report cards for semester 2. However, parent teacher interviews at all secondary schools will proceed as scheduled.

OSSTF has not released any information about the completion of midterm report cards scheduled for distribution in April. We will continue to monitor that situation and keep parents informed in the coming weeks.

Please note that Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be distributed as per normal procedures.

We thank you for your understanding.

Letter From Martha Rogers, Director of Education UGDSB

Martha Rogers
Director of Education & Secretary-Treasurer
Board Office: 500 Victoria Road N. Guelph, ON N1E 6K2
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 519-822-4420 ext. 720 or Toll Free: 1-800-321-4025

March 9, 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

We have received some questions from parents regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and wanted
to provide families with information from the health authorities. 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

At this time, health authorities state that the risk to Ontario residents remains low. Public
health authorities are reminding the public that the best way to reduce the risk of infection is to
practice general infection prevention control. This includes:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
• Stay home when you are ill.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and
wash your hands.
• If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Families who are planning on travelling are encouraged to visit the Public Health Agency of
Canada’s website for travel advice:

We will continue to take steps to ensure that we are as prepared as we can be, including sharing
reminders about infection prevention practices, reminding students, staff and volunteers to stay
home when they are ill, doing enhanced cleaning at schools, ordering additional hand sanitizer for
schools and classrooms, monitoring absenteeism and reporting absences to Public Health, and
communicating information on a dedicated webpage at

If you have questions about COVID-19, please contact Public Health through its dedicated website or call centre
(1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006).

The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. Sincerely,
Martha Rogers
Director of Education & Secretary-Treasurer


Summer School 2020

Summer School Information (In class and online) is now available in guidance.

When and Where:  June 30th-July 24th at Centennial

Deadline:  Tuesday June 16th

Spartan Nutrition Program

Please donate to our Dine before 9 & Snacks to Go Daily Spartan Nutrition Program


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Information for parents/guardians about coronavirus

The school board is sharing information from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Public Health authorities on the novel coronavirus. Please visit – the school board webpage will be updated as new information from the health authorities becomes available. 

Do you have questions about novel coronavirus?

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has a call centre phone line to respond to community inquiries about the novel coronavirus. If you have questions, please call Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006. This line is open from 9am to 4 pm weekdays.

Public Health Coronavirus

You can also visit for more information about novel coronavirus.

Important information about Semester 1 report cards

Dear Parents and Guardians,  In November, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced a partial withdrawal of services that included the writing of report card comments on report cards. As a result of the labour sanctions, Semester 1 final report cards will not contain comments. Teachers will, however, enter final marks, absences and learning skills in the Semester 1 report cards that will be distributed to students on Monday, February 10th, 2020. Procedures related to the uploading of marks to both college and university application centres will continue to take place as usual.  For labour updates please:  Visit the school board’s Labour website

EQAO Grade 9 Math Test Postponed in UGDSB

Students in the Upper Grand District School Board will not be participating in the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment this January.

All Ontario students who are enrolled in a grade 9 applied or grade 9 academic mathematics course are normally required to take the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment. The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. EQAO’s mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every student’s education and report the results to educators, parents and the public. EQAO measures students’ achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations.

Teachers have been teaching the math curriculum throughout semester one.  The curriculum taught aligns with and prepares students for the EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment. (more…)

Inclement Weather & Transportation Information

Weather conditions may cause bus & taxi transportation

to be delayed or cancelled and/or for schools to be closed.

Food and Friends Donations

Our Breakfast Program needs your help!  Please support our snack and breakfast nutrition programs!    CCVI Breakfast Letter For Parent

School Cash Online is available to make Donations.  If you require a tax receipt please donate directly through the Food and Friends Website:

Spartan Activity Fee

Our Spartan Student Activity Fee of $30.00 includes: Spartan Transition Fee, Student Clubs/Sports Activity Fee, Learning Commons Printer Fee, & Student Photo ID Card.  Please have your photo taken for the Spartan Student Photo ID Card on Photo Days.  Pick up picture package form to purchase personal photos separately from the school fees.    Use this link to pay:

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

For any New students with medical conditions & Current students (with changes to your medical conditions).  Please complete the applicable forms:

If there are no significant changes needed for the Plan of Care on file with Centennial CVI. Please complete this form:

Students with Life Threatening Medical Conditions must have their Epipens/Inhalers/Medications in their possession before departing for Field Trips or Sporting Events.

The Upper Grand App

The Board has created “The Upper Grand App” for mobile phones. This App automatically pulls news from school websites.  As a parent, if you have kids attending multiple schools, you can turn on the news feed from one or several schools.  Our Centennial news feed to the App will include News and Announcements, Calendar of Upcoming Events, and Twitter from our school website.  Here is the “How-To” link

Centennial Spartan Wear Online Store

Spartans now you can purchase school wear for any sport or club.  Free Shipping during the school year. Visit the website below and start shopping!!

Ontario school closures extended until at least May

Posted March 31, 2020

On Tuesday March 31, 2020, the Premier of Ontario announced that in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least May 1 for staff and May 4 for students. Premier Ford also said that the province is prepared to extend the school closures even further if required.

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Parents please read: Distance learning and staff reaching out to families

Posted March 27, 2020

A letter from the Director of Education has been posted to the board website (Friday March 27, 2020). The letter contains important information regarding the board’s distance learning plan and information about staff reaching out to families.

Read more about Parents please read: Distance learning and staff reaching out to families »

Letter to Parents from the Director: Continuity of Learning (March 23, 2020)

Posted March 23, 2020

Parents and guardians are asked to read the letter from the Director of Education, posted to the board website on March 23, 2020.

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Important letter from the Minister of Education to parents (March 22, 2020)

Posted March 23, 2020

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has written an important letter for all Ontario parents and guardians, March 22, 2020.

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School closures: Information for UGDSB families regarding COVID-19

Posted March 13, 2020

The province has ordered all publicly funded schools in Ontario to close for two weeks following March Break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19. As a result, Upper Grand DSB schools will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020. 

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Please read: Information for UGDSB schools regarding international travel and COVID-19

Posted March 12, 2020

With March Break approaching, many families and staff have questions about international travel and precautions required upon returning from travel. A letter with travel advice from Public Health is posted on the UGDSB website.

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CCVI students excel at national programming competition

Posted March 11, 2020

Four students at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute recently participated in the James Robertson Memorial Programming Competition. Read more about this competition on the UGDSB website.

SHSM students at CCVI construct indoor vertical garden

Posted March 10, 2020

Grade 11 and 12 students in SHSM at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute have been busy constructing an indoor vertical garden. Read more about this on the UGDSB website. 

Centennial CVI swimmers win gold and set records at OFSAA

Posted March 6, 2020

Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute’s student swimmers performed well during the 2020 OFSAA swim championship in Toronto earlier this week. Read more about this on the UGDSB website. 

Adult Crossing Guard Site Reviews

Posted March 5, 2020

City staff will be conducting site reviews for the next few weeks all across the city.  Staff will be at some current adult crossing guard locations and at other locations where there has been a request for an adult guard. Site reviews are completed prior to scheduling a field study.

All staff will have a vest or jacket that has the City of Guelph logo.

Please note that they may ask …

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Important information about the Transportation website during strikes

Posted January 20, 2020

Please read for important information about student transportation (busing) communication during a strike that results in the closure of schools to students. 

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