News & Announcements

Remember to screen daily for symptoms before leaving for school

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

Daily self-reported COVID cases at our school

Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19 during the sixth wave, we will be providing  a regular report of positive COVID-19 cases that were self-reported* to the school. *Public health officials no longer inform schools of positive cases. We will aim to provide this additional layer of reporting for a short time period to respond to increasing case counts in our communities.

The information will be shared on the school website on this post, which will be updated daily (Monday-Friday, holidays excluded). 

We recognize that because schools and the school board are no longer receiving reports from public health officials when there is a positive case, and because self-reporting to the school is voluntary, the number of cases reported on the school website will not be an accurate reflection of the amount of COVID in the community.  

Should you wish to self-report a positive COVID case to the school for your child(ren), please do so by contacting the school’s main office.

Self-reported cases

  • Date updated: May 20, 2022
  • Number of cases that were self-reported to the school on this date: 0

Daily School Absence Reporting

The UGDSB continues to report school absences on a daily basis, which allows us to monitor trends in absenteeism rates and gives us a better sense of the impact of COVID-19 on schools. 

You can view the daily absences for our school, and see if our school goes above the 30% absenteeism threshold, here: https://www.ugdsb.ca/community/coronavirus/2021-22-school-operations/daily-absence-tracking-pilot/ 

Return to regular school day tomorrow

Posted May 17, 2022

We will be returning to a regular school day tomorrow with regular bus pickups and drop offs happening. Please have students bring a water bottle/s with them as our fountains will need 24 hours to reset. Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

No water at East Garafraxa PS, shift to remote learning/working on Tuesday May 17

Posted May 16, 2022

As a result of Monday’s earlier power outage, we have been notified that our school does not have running water at this time. Board staff will be onsite first thing tomorrow morning to address the issue, however the school will likely be without water for the majority of the school day on Tuesday.  As such, East Garafraxa PS students are asked to shift to remote learning for Tuesday May 17. Staff and educators will support students through their Google Classroom environment. 

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Power and water outage (May 16, 2022)

Posted May 16, 2022

We wanted to make you make you aware of a situation at our school.  Today, the power went off at the school. This outage affected multiple areas of our school building and parts of the school neighbourhood.

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Policy feedback opportunity: Policy 312 Website and Social Media Management

Posted April 27, 2022

The following board policy currently under review was released for public consultation: 312 – Website and Social Media Management

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Reminders of health and safety guidance during the sixth COVID-19 wave

Posted April 12, 2022

Public Health officials expect the sixth wave of COVID-19 to last for another several weeks, and we are asking for everyone’s help to get us through this latest wave. 

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Ramadan Mubarak to all of those observing

Posted April 4, 2022

April 2nd, subject to new moon sighting, marks the beginning of Ramadan.  Many students, families and staff in the UGDSB and worldwide are observing Ramadan, during this 9th month of the Islamic calendar.   Prayer in Schools and Board Offices Multifaith prayer spaces are available in schools. Schools will indicate the ...

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Changes to COVID-19 protocols effective March 14 and 21, 2022

Posted March 10, 2022

On March 9, 2022, the province announced several changes to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols that will take effect in March. Please see below for a summary of the changes that affect schools. Effective March 14, 2022: School boards are no longer required to have a COVID-19 vaccination disclosure policy in place or ...

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Masking mandate to end in UGDSB on March 21, as school board does not have the authority to continue enforcement of the mandate

Posted March 10, 2022

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. Here are the facts: On March 9, 2022, the province announced it was lifting mask requirements ...

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JK Registration site is temporarily disabled

Posted March 10, 2022

The JK Registration site is temporarily disabled.  It will open again on March 15th, 2022.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  

UGDSB updates to come regarding provincial COVID-19 announcement

Posted March 9, 2022

March 9, 2022 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 ...

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