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Remember to screen daily for symptoms before leaving for school

In-person learning resumes on January 18, 2022. Please click here for health and safety measures in the UGDSB. And a reminder to families to screen children daily for symptoms before leaving for school: COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool

For other school operations and health and safety information, please use the links below:

Monitoring School Absence Rates in the UGDSB

Posted January 18, 2022

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.

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Planning for potential staff shortages at schools

Posted 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. 

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Reminder to screen daily for symptoms before leaving for school

Posted January 13, 2022

Families are reminded to complete the school screening every day before students leave for school. 

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Information on student instruction for Friday January 14, 2022

Posted January 13, 2022

As staff work to prepare their classrooms for in-person learning on Monday we want to inform families/caregivers that regular synchronous instruction may be interrupted on Friday to allow staff time in our schools to be ready to go for Monday.

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Wear and care of cloth masks for students

Posted 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. Families are encouraged to review the following information about the proper use and care of cloth face masks.

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Protective health and safety measures during in-person learning

Posted 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. 

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UGDSB launching temporary remote option for elementary students once in-person learning resumes

Posted January 12, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board is developing a Temporary Remote Learning Option for elementary students that will be launched once in-person learning resumes.

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Revised criteria for UGDSB student mask exemptions

Posted 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. Please review this information for details.

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Province directs schools to shift to remote learning from January 5-17, 2022

Posted January 3, 2022

On Monday January 3, 2022, the provincial government announced that all Ontario schools will shift to remote learning from January 5 to at least January 17, 2022. Please read on for important information for families in the UGDSB.

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Resumption of school delayed until Wednesday January 5, 2022 

Posted December 30, 2021

Today, the province of Ontario announced that the resumption of school will be delayed following the winter break. All schools will resume classes on Wednesday January 5, 2022.  There will be no classes on Monday January 3 or Tuesday January 4. This direction is for all students including those enrolled in the elementary or secondary remote programs and for those in our special education self-contained classrooms.  

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Letter to parents/guardians: Information for the winter break

Posted December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021 Dear parents and guardians, Thank you for your ongoing efforts that have made for a successful first four months of school, and for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff. We understand that there may be ...

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Notice of Positive Case

Posted December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021 Dear Parent/Guardian/Staff, The purpose of this letter is to inform you that one individual from Drayton Heights P.S. has tested positive for COVID-19. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) and the school are taking all necessary steps to prevent the further spread of the virus ...

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Information from the province on student rapid antigen testing over the winter break

Posted December 10, 2021

On behalf of the Government of Ontario, the Upper Grand District School Board is distributing take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every elementary and secondary student who chooses to participate. Kits will be distributed prior to the winter break.

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UGDSB Kindergarten Registration starts in January – here is what families need to know

Posted December 9, 2021

Kindergarten registration for the Upper Grand District School Board is fast approaching. Registration for new UGDSB Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) students for September 2022 will take place between January 4-21, 2022.

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Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

Posted December 6, 2021

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School Cash Online

Posted December 3, 2021

School Cash Online Flyer 2021 Again this year, we are going to be asking families to join the 93% of Drayton Heights PS families who are currently signed up and using School Cash Online. When you sign up, you will receive emails letting you know ...

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Norwell Virtual Grade 8 Night

Posted November 30, 2021

Grade 8 Students and Families are invited on Thursday December 2 at 6:00pm for Norwell DSS’s Virtual Grade 8 Night! This presentation will help get you started with course selection for secondary school. A link to the presentation will be posted on the Norwell Website the day of. This presentation ...

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Policy Feedback Opportunity: Policy 205 School Volunteers

Posted November 24, 2021

UGDSB policy currently under review, 205 – School Volunteers, has been further revised and released for public consultation. Please review the proposed changes and provide your feedback by January 14, 2022.

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Positive Case of Covid-19

Posted November 22, 2021

November 22, 2021 Dear Drayton Heights Public School Families, We are writing to share information received from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) about cases of COVID-19 in our community. WDGPH has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case at Drayton Heights. WDG Public Health has determined that this individual was not at school during their infectious ...

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Student Rapid Antigen Screening Available

Posted November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021 Dear parents/guardians, We would like to provide you with information from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) regarding their COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) program. This screening is intended to provide an additional tool for students to help minimize risk of outbreaks and potential closures. Please see below for information from Public ...

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