News & Announcements
Remember to screen daily for symptoms before leaving for school
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Secondary Schools: Semester 2 Information
January 21, 2022 – Semester 2 for UGDSB secondary students begins in February. Upper Grand District School Board secondary schools (both in-person and the Secondary Remote Program) will return to a regular timetable for Semester 2, where students take four courses per day.
Recently, the Ministry of Education confirmed that school boards are permitted to transition to a regular secondary school timetable, with the support of their local public health unit. The UGDSB has received Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s support in returning to a regular timetable for Semester 2.
Recognizing that Grade 9 and 10 students may have only attended school in a quadmester model, secondary school staff are prepared to support students in the transition to a semester model.
Semester 2 begins on February 2 and runs until June 29, 2022. The full Semester 2 Calendar is posted on the board website at: https://www.ugdsb.ca/community/coronavirus/2021-22-school-operations/secondary-schools-semester-2-calendar-2021-22/
Sem II – PERIOD SCHEDULE
|9:10 – 9:20
9:20 – 10:35
|Period 2||10:40 – 11:55|
|LUNCH||11:55 – 12:55|
|Period 3||12:55 – 2:10|
|Period 4||2:15 – 3:30|
Employment Readiness Program for Students with ASD and other Disabilities
EmploymentWorks offers training for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities who want to practice and develop the essential skills necessary to get and keep a job. This program involves structured learning sessions, as well as virtual experiential learning, through various online platforms. The program is provided virtually on Zoom. There is no cost for this program.
The program is available after school, or during the day. Upcoming cohorts begin in January and February.
Information on upcoming cohorts and to register for the program: https://www.kerrysplace.org/events/category/employmentworks/
For any questions, you can reach out to [email protected]
Update: EQAO Grade 9 Math Assessment
January 20, 2022 – Students enrolled in the destreamed Grade 9 Math course for Quadmester 2 were scheduled to participate in the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics in late January. However, 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 this assessment. Unlike the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in Grade 10, the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics is not a graduation requirement for students.
This decision has been made with input gathered from various stakeholders, including UGDSB students, and acknowledges the incredible stresses and challenges that students and teachers have been experiencing. This decision allows for additional instructional time to support student learning.
Secondary schools informed their impacted grade 9 students and families this week. If students and families have questions, they are asked to please contact their teacher or school principal.
We thank everyone for their understanding.
Monitoring School Absence Rates in the UGDSB
January 18, 2022 – Prior to the winter break, schools regularly provided notification to the school community when they received notification from Public Health that an individual at the school tested positive for COVID-19. The province recently announced that Public Health Units will no longer be reporting positive cases or conducting contact tracing for positive cases related to a staff or student in schools. As a result, schools will no longer be providing notification when there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has said that COVID-19 is to be considered widely present in our communities at this time and therefore it is reasonable to suspect that someone in our school may have COVID-19. We don’t have confirmation of positive COVID-19 cases in our schools, as only Public Health can confirm positive cases. However, it is reasonable to suspect that at this time, COVID-19 may be in our schools.
As an additional measure and layer of communication to keep our communities informed, the UGDSB has launched a pilot initiative to track school absence rates on a daily basis. This process is a pilot program and may evolve as required. Once in-person learning resumes, the board will post data daily from Monday to Friday on the UGDSB public website.
VISIT THE TRACKING DASHBOARD: Daily Absence Tracking Pilot
The webpage shows the percentage point increase or decrease of all UGDSB school absence rates compared to the baseline, the percentage point change from the previous day, as well as graphs showing trends in absence rates. The chart will also indicate when a school is 30% above the average absenteeism by highlighting the cell where the school name is located.
The UGDSB’s pilot program is meant to give a sense of the impact of COVID-19 on schools, as positive cases will no longer be reported.
Additionally, following the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the board will also notify Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health when absenteeism in a school is 30% above the average absenteeism.
For additional layers of protective measures the UGDSB has in place at schools, we invite you to review the information on the board website, including:
- Protective measures in UGDSB schools
- Reminders of daily screening and what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
- Revised criteria for UGDSB student mask exemptions
- Guide for Families: Proper Use and Care of Cloth Masks
- Ventilation and air quality enhancements, including HEPA filtration units in 100% of UGDSB classrooms
- Temporary Remote Learning Option for elementary students
Other helpful resources:
We recognize that these have been challenging times for many families and appreciate the continued support and collaboration that has allowed us to provide optimal learning environments. Thank you for your continued efforts to ensure our schools remain safe and engaging places for our students to learn.
Planning for potential staff shortages at schools
January 14, 2022 – Due to the widespread presence of COVID-19 in our communities, the Upper Grand District School Board recognizes that staff shortages may be prevalent next week as students and staff return to school.
The UGDSB will employ numerous strategies to ensure that student safety and supervision is maintained. However, we recognize that in some extreme cases classes and/or schools may have to transition to remote learning temporarily.
Parents/caregivers are asked to please watch carefully for messaging next week from your school that may signal the need to move to remote learning. We anticipate that this would only happen in rare circumstances but want to alert families to this possibility. Whenever possible, we would aim to make any of these decisions as early as possible to allow families opportunities to make necessary arrangements.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.
Gr. 8 Information
There is no live virtual session – please review the information below.
Elective Course Videos:
Arts (Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Arts): https://youtu.be/aUp0fXKHb3A
Exploring Technologies: TECH TIJ1O – YouTube
Family Studies: https://youtu.be/kqFptC6hmbk
Gr. 9 Course Selection Due: January 31, 2022
For UGDSB students, course selection is done in myBlueprint with the assistance of gr. 8 school staff. Course selection will be open on January 14th and will close on January 31st.
CCVI Tour: https://ths.li/wbjZEO
Advanced Placement at CCVI: https://www.ugdsb.ca/ccvi/guidance/advanced-placement-at-ccvi/
· Student Registration Form (*For Non-UGDSB School Students Only)
Please email completed Registration Forms:
For student’s surnames A-L to [email protected]
For student’s surnames M-Z to [email protected]
Reminder to screen daily for symptoms before leaving for school
January 13, 2022 – With the recent surge of Omicron and other COVID-19 variants, it’s up to all of us to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Daily screening and knowledge of what to do after you or your child/ren have been exposed to COVID-19 is incredibly important in helping to keep schools and communities safe. Daily screening is one of the many protective layers UGDSB has in place in our schools and working environments.
Ontario’s daily screening tool for students and children in school and child care settings has recently been updated. It is a tool one can use to be proactive and look out for the symptoms of COVID-19 before sending students off to school. You can access the screening tool here. Families should complete the screening every day before students leave for school.
When screening your child you are looking for any mild to severe flu-like symptoms like fever or cough. The most common COVID-19 symptoms are shortness of breath or decrease or loss of taste or smell.
If you or your child/ren have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 these should be your next steps:
First, determine if you need to isolate. If you have COVID-19, isolating will help stop the spread of the virus. This is particularly important to prevent the transmission of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
You must isolate yourself if you:
- have symptoms of COVID-19
- have tested positive for COVID-19
- You may need to isolate if you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19
For further steps, please review the instructions at www.ontario.ca/exposed.
For additional information about Ontario’s COVID-19 screening tool and what to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you can follow these resources:
Wear and care of cloth masks for students
January 13, 2022 – Public Health officials have stressed that wearing a well-constructed, well-fitted and properly worn mask or face covering is one the key protective measures we can take to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Masking requirements and protocols are some of the many layers of protection in place at Upper Grand District School Board schools and sites, in addition to hand hygiene, distancing, ventilation, and daily screening. The recommendation from public health officials is that cloth masks be 3-layers. To help support this and add to families current mask supply, the UGDSB will distribute additional 3-layer reusable cloth masks to students. The use of these masks is encouraged, however students may continue to wear the masks they currently have.
Please see the information below from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and Health Canada on the proper use and care of face coverings. (more…)
Protective health & safety measures during in-person learning
January 12, 2022 – The provincial government has announced that Ontario schools will reopen to in-person learning starting on Monday January 17, 2022.
The Upper Grand District School Board has many protective health and safety measures in place at our schools. Please read below for reminders and updates regarding these protective measures. (more…)
Revised criteria for UGDSB student mask exemptions
January 7, 2022 – As a result of the continued spread of COVID-19 and the increased transmissibility with the most recent variant, the Upper Grand District School Board has revised the criteria for granting student mask exemption requests. Moving forward, a Mask Exemption Certificate that is signed and stamped by a certified physician (of medicine) or nurse practitioner will be required in order to approve such requests. Any previous approval of an exemption will no longer be valid when students return to in-person learning.
This week, school principals will contact the parents/caregivers of any students with a previously-approved mask exemption to review the new required process and next steps. The health and safety of all our students and staff is our first priority. We thank everyone for their continued support and cooperation.
UGDSB received funding from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS)
Happy Holidays, Spartans!
Spartans, you may have noticed the incredible Holiday Display in our front hall. Thank you to the over 700 CCVI students who provided input regarding the diverse celebrations in our community. Thanks to Ms. Popofski’s class for the awesome banner and the student volunteers who stayed after school on Friday Dec 3rd to set it up! Extra special thanks to Ell, Amy & Vikasni for …
Students must have their medical devices with them at all times including on field & sports trips. Read the UGDSB Policy/Forms, complete appropriate emergency forms & return to CCVI. ugdsb.ca/board/policy/p
Important Information & Forms
Daily Covid Screening: Students must Screen Daily before coming to school. Here is the link to the most recent WDGPH screening tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Quad 1 & 2 Calendar: UGDSB Secondary School Calendar Quad 1 & 2
CCVI Period Schedule: Pd 1: 9:10-11:40 Lunch: 11:40-12:40 Pd 2: 12:40-3:10
Student Absences/Lates: If a student is going to …
This year ALL grade 10 and 11 students will be writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. The successful completion of this test is a diploma requirement for graduating high school. This year students will be writing the Literacy Test when they have their Grade 10 or 11 English class. If students are currently taking English during this quadmester, the scheduled dates will be written in class on November …
As you are aware, there is a significant amount of traffic around the school during drop off and pickup times. We want to be respectful of our neighbours and keep residential streets clear. Please refrain from parking on Vanier Dr. and surrounding residential complexes. We understand this is frustrating as the parking lot is gridlocked with buses and student cars. We encourage students to …
This month, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Equity Team shared with staff a resource on addressing anti-Asian racism. We all have a role to play in learning, unlearning and working to dismantle racism and oppression in our communities.
Food & Friends Student Nutrition Program evolves to meet the needs of school-aged kids during COVID 19 precautions. • Families in need of food support can request a Food & Friends at Home kit using this online form Student Nutrition Program 2020