UGDSB – Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19
Updated April 3, 2020
Will students be provided with learning resources during the Ontario school closure?
The UGDSB is currently developing a teacher-led distance learning plan for our students, which will launch starting on April 6. Preliminary information regarding distance learning can be found here: https://www.ugdsb.ca/community/coronavirus/ugdsb-learning-at-home/
UGDSB also has learning resources available for students that can be accessed from home at any time. Click here for UGDSB learning resources
The Ministry of Education is providing online learning resources for students during the school closure period. Click here to visit the Ministry’s Learn at Home website
Will the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) scheduled for March 31 take place?
No, the Ministry of Education has confirmed the OSSLT will not take place on March 31. For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement will be waived. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
Will students be at risk of not graduating?
The Minister of Education has said that “no student will have their graduation jeopardized by the developments of COVID-19.”
Will co-op placements, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP) and School Within a College (SWAC) programs continue during the closure of schools?
Although all in-person co-op placements, including OYAP work placements, are suspended until further notice, co-op courses will continue. Co-op teachers are developing creative ways to work through curriculum expectations and support student learning plans.
Will dual credit courses (with community colleges, post-secondary institutions, etc.) continue during this time?
Wherever possible, colleges are transitioning current dual credit program offerings to an online learning environment beginning the week of April 6, 2020. Some of the more hands-on dual credit offerings have been cancelled and impacted students have been notified. Alternative options will be offered to these students in order to ensure that all students on track to graduate will have that option still available to them.
Will the International Baccalaureate (IB) program be impacted?
Will university and college applications be impacted or adjusted as a result of school closures?
The Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and Ontario universities are closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on students’ applications. Please refer to the following websites for more information about university and college applications:
Will EQAO continue for grades 3, 6 and 9?
No, the Ministry of Education has confirmed that EQAO for grades 3, 6 and 9 for the 2019/2020 school year is cancelled.
Will the DELF proceed as scheduled?
The Upper Grand DSB has cancelled the administration of the DELF French proficiency test in May. For more information, please click here.
Are year end grade 8 trips affected by COVID-19 at this time?
All school trips scheduled during the remainder of the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled.
Are graduations affected by COVID-19 at this time?
Graduations will be re-evaluated when we have a better idea about the duration of the ongoing pandemic and guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education and Public Health. However, we do not expect that these events are likely to proceed.
Will the school year be extended into the summer?
We have not received any direction from the Ministry of Education on the extension of the school year. The decision to extend the school year would be made by the Ministry.
How should I talk with my child about COVID-19/Coronavirus?
• Remain calm and reassuring.
• Make yourself available.
• Avoid excessive blaming.
• Monitor their television viewing and social media.
• Maintain a normal routine to the best extent possible.
• Be honest and accurate.
• Know the symptoms of COVID-19.
• Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection.
For more information about supporting your child, refer to:
• The UGDSB Mental Health page
• Community Mental Health Waterloo/Wellington – COVID-19
• National Association of School Psychologists – Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
• Harvard Health Blog – How to talk to children about the coronavirus
Will schools be cleaned during the closure ?
Yes, our custodial staff were in the schools during the week of March 16-20 to do deep cleaning of the schools and board facilities. These sites will subsequently be closed and only accessed by a limited number of individuals who will be performing essential services during the closure period.
Will bus companies be cleaning their buses during the closure?
Yes, all buses will be cleaned and sanitized during the school closure period.
How can I stay up to date with information from UGDSB?
Will Childcare programs and EarlyON Centres be operating?
As UGDSB schools will be closed for the duration of the Ontario school closure, all child care centres and EarlyOn programs operating in or on school property will not be open.
Will community use of schools/rentals be cancelled?
Yes, we have cancelled all community group bookings/permits for the duration of the closure period.
Will Board offices/administrative centres be open?
No, the Guelph Board Office, Grant Evans Education Centre, St. George’s Centre for ESL and Continuing Education offices are closed during the closure period.
Can I contact my child’s Vice Principal, Principal or Superintendent during the closure period?
Yes. While schools are closed, Vice Principals, Principals and Superintendents will be checking voicemail and email should you have any urgent questions or concerns.
I am a vendor who does business with the UGDSB. How can I send invoices to the UGDSB during the shutdown period?
Invoices and payment – Please be advised that invoices should be forwarded electronically to [email protected]. The UGDSB will process payment of invoices, but please expect delays in receiving payment.
The UGDSB will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to vendors regarding deliveries of goods.
Will there be mail courier deliveries to schools during the school closure?
Mail delivery will be suspended during the closure.