News & Announcements

Daily School Absence Report

The UGDSB is reporting daily on school absence rates, allowing us to monitor absenteeism rates and transparently share this information with the public. To view the dashboard, click here

UGDSB launches The Umbrella Project to support mental health and well-being

Posted September 29, 2020

At the Upper Grand District School Board, we value mentally healthy schools, classrooms and work sites. This year, in order to further help support the mental health and well-being of UGDSB students and staff, we are introducing The Umbrella Project to schools and offices.

Updates for the week of September 21st-Lanyards and Busing

Posted September 25, 2020

This week we have purchased safety “break-away” lanyards for all students and staff in order to make it easier for everyone to have masks with them at all times.  They are colour-coded by class so we can also easily recognize each class during recess and ensure all students ...

Parent Information: Monitoring and Managing COVID-19

Updated September 23, 2020

The UGDSB would like to remind all parents that they have an important role to play in preventing COVID-19 in our schools.

Reminder to parents: Please screen children every day before coming to school

Posted September 11, 2020

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and the school board would like to remind all parents/guardians that they are to screen their children every day for COVID-19 symptoms, prior to coming to school.

Check out our Welcome to John Black video

Posted September 9, 2020

Thanks to Jason Swan, our Teacher-Librarian, Special Education Resource Teacher and Planning Time Teacher, (yes...he wears many hats!!) for creating this video for our families. We look forward to welcoming our students to John Black.

Classroom Meeting Locations and Kiss and Ride Route

Posted September 8, 2020

Hi everyone, Here is a map which indicates where classes will line up at the beginning of the day; entering or exiting the building for recess and outdoor learning. These locations will also be used for bus ...

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Posted September 7, 2020

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Posted September 7, 2020

UGDSB Policy 518: Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions, outlines the roles and responsibilities for all in the educational community to support students with possible life-threatening medical conditions. The prevalent medical conditions covered under this policy are Asthma, Anaphylaxis, ...

John Black is a Smoke and Vape Free Environment

Posted September 7, 2020

The Upper Grand DSB provides a smoke and vape-free environment for its students, staff and others while on Board property, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Board policy 208.  This policy refers to all forms of tobacco, and any processed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled ...

Calling Our Families to Welcome You to John Black

Posted September 7, 2020

Please be sure to answer your phones on Tuesday!  Staff will be calling to share start up information and welcome our students back.  We will also be gathering information from parents/guardians. Please note that calls may appear as “unknown numbers” or long distance on your call display. We ...

Letter to parents from Public Health – back to school

Posted September 3, 2020

A letter to parents/guardians from Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year at John Black

Posted August 28, 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students back to John Black Public School this September! We hope this document will help answer your questions about the specifics about the open day, first week of school and beyondWelcome To The 2020 2021 School Year

IMPORTANT: New schedule for staggered entry

Posted August 28, 2020

In order to ensure the safety of students and to provide additional time for staffing schools, the Upper Grand District School Board’s schedule for staggered entry has changed. 

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