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Information about remote learning, COVID-19 updates

The province has directed all schools to participate in remote learning following the April Break. For more information, please click here. 

All UGDSB schools to remain in remote learning following Spring Break

Posted April 12, 2021

On Monday April 12, 2021, the provincial government announced that all Ontario schools would participate in remote learning following the April Break.

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Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing available to our school on April 17

Posted April 9, 2021

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available for all students and their family members and staff from our school on April 17, 2021. 

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Chromebook Request Form

Posted April 5, 2021

Please use this link if your child requires a chromebook to access their google classroom during the school closure period starting Wednesday, April 7th: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKIN1ibOY-FCOhuHIZxJ5oFBSVtYWN1OLKQRtvn6K50AcbqQ/viewform

All UGDSB schools directed to shift to remote learning effective Wed. April 7

Posted April 5, 2021

The UGDSB has been notified by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health that Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nicola Mercer, will issue an Order, directing all schools within the WDG region to shift to remote learning effective Wednesday April 7, 2021.

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#UGUmbrella – This April we are looking at Intrinsic Motivation

Posted March 30, 2021

April’s Umbrella Project theme is “Intrinsic Motivation.” For those who are unsure exactly what that means, intrinsic motivation is the act of doing something without an external reward.  

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Memory Book Order

Posted March 29, 2021

This is the link you can use to order a memory book for this year!!!!  Due to COVID restrictions there are no classroom composite photos. Kortright Hills YB Pay Mermory Book Flyer (1)  

Information about elementary graduation celebrations

Posted March 26, 2021

Due to on-going COVID-19 restrictions around large gatherings and physical distancing, UGDSB elementary schools will not be able to hold traditional in-person graduation ceremonies this spring. This includes both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. 

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Picture Day Reminder

Posted March 25, 2021

Picture Day

We will have “Picture Day” on the following date: March 29th, 2021

Lifetouch has provided extensive safety protocols which have been vetted by the board and determined to be safe in schools.  Please visit www.lifetouch.ca for additional detailed information about COVID-19 safety and cleaning protocols. 

General ...

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Recommended reading in Indigenous education and knowledge

Posted March 25, 2021

This year, Upper Grand DSB board and school staff groups have continued organizing and participating in book studies, focusing on furthering learning in anti-racism and anti-oppression. Here are some ideas for recommended reading in Indigenous education and knowledge.

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Water Rocker’s Video – Your Votes Needed!!!

Posted March 25, 2021

ENERGY DIET CHALLENGE VIDEO!!! The Water Rockers have completed their video advertisement about using reusable water bottles. It’s 48 seconds long. The public can vote on this video EVERY DAY between April 1st and 23rd. On April 23rd, the judges will take the top 10 videos and judge them and award cash ...

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Policy feedback opportunity: Indigenous Education

Posted March 24, 2021

The following new draft policy has been released for public consultation, and feedback from the public is welcome on the draft documents: Policy 519 – Indigenous Education (First Nations, Métis, Inuit).

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Final review of elementary waitlist on April 1, 2021

Posted March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021 The Upper Grand District School Board will conduct one final review of the waitlist for families wishing to switch between the Elementary Remote School and in-person learning on April 1, 2021. After April 1, students will be required to remain in their current ...

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One year of COVID, taking time to reflect and heal

Posted March 11, 2021

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo-Wellington has prepared resources for educational staff, students and families, which focus on acknowledging the losses experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while making space for gratitude and hope.

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Cobra Days!!!

Posted March 10, 2021

Join us for some March-Break-At-School Fun!  Every day from March 15th to 19th will be “Cobra Days” at Kortright Hills where we dress according to different themes and enjoy special activities.  Start brainstorming your costume ideas! Monday, March 15: Spirit Wear Day (wear Kortright Cobra wear or ...

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COVID update-March 5, 2021

Posted March 5, 2021

Dear Kortright Hills Families, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) has recently investigated a COVID-19 exposure in our school community.  They have determined that this case does not create any risk to other students or the public beyond the general community risk.  No classes will ...

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Picture Day Change

Posted March 5, 2021

Picture day has now been moved to Monday, March 29th!

UGDSB hosting final PIC parent engagement event, focusing on Special Education

Posted March 5, 2021

April 8, 2021 – Navigating Special Education. This event features five breakout session topics, with participants given the option to select two sessions to attend. 

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Addressing anti-Asian racism, resources to support educators

Posted March 3, 2021

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.

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UGDSB reflects on Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month 

Posted February 26, 2021

This month, the Upper Grand District School Board recognized and celebrated Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month. 

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#UGUmbrella – This March we focus on Mindfulness

Posted February 26, 2021

This month for the Umbrella Project we are focusing on mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware of what’s happening right now without wishing it was different.

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Information Regarding a Positive Covid-19 Case

Posted February 25, 2021

Dear parents/guardians and staff, Public Health has notified us that an individual in our school has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Public Health has directed one class to self-isolate, as part of its established infection prevention and control measures.  Our building is safe and remains open ...

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Black Heritage Month spotlight: Alfred M. Lafferty

Posted February 23, 2021

Throughout Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month, many schools have been celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Black individuals in Canada and beyond.

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COVID-19 School Self-Screening Changes

Posted February 22, 2021

The Ministry of Education has revised the self-screening requirements for all students in Ontario, effective immediately. Please review the following information for important updates.

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Preliminary information about COVID-19 testing in schools

Posted February 18, 2021

The Ministry of Education has instructed school boards to implement a targeted COVID-19 testing program in schools. The testing will be voluntary and consent will be required. Testing will be for asymptomatic students and staff only. The UGDSB is currently in the process of developing a targeted testing plan.

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Grade 8 Grad Photos

Posted February 17, 2021

Grade 8 Grad Photos will be taken on February 26, 2021. An order form will go home with your child.

Ministry of Education postpones March Break, new date April 12-16, 2021

Posted February 11, 2021

On Feb. 11, 2021, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that the Ministry has postponed March Break in Ontario schools until April 12-16, 2021.

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UGDSB and PIC to host second parent engagement event

Posted February 10, 2021

Following the success of the January event, the board and PIC are pleased to announce the March 4, 2021 event. This event will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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School Reopening: Monday, February 8, 2021

Posted February 4, 2021

Welcome Back   We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to on Monday, February 8th! For common questions about schools, please visit the Board Website and the Parent Question and Answer (Q&A) page and also ...

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UGDSB schools to resume in-person learning on Monday Feb. 8

Posted February 3, 2021

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Education announced that schools in the Upper Grand District School Board will resume in-person learning on Monday Feb. 8, 2021. School boards are required to follow the direction of the Ministry. 

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UGDSB celebrates Black Brilliance month virtually this February

Posted February 3, 2021

Students and staff in the Upper Grand District School Board are coming together virtually this month to celebrate Black Brilliance, Heritage and Futures.

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February Newsletter-2021

Posted February 1, 2021

Red February Please mark the dates below on your February calendar in order to continue to support school spirit and connection by observing these special days:  Spirit Nails February 12th – ...

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Online learning in UGDSB to continue until further notice

Posted January 28, 2021

On Thursday Jan. 28, the Ministry of Education made an announcement regarding the resumption of in-person learning for some school boards in the province. Please note that the UGDSB was not included in the list of boards that are permitted to resume in-person instruction the week of Feb. 1, 2021. This means that all UGDSB schools will continue with our current measures for online learning until further notice. 

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#UGUmbrella – This February, we explore healthy lifestyles 

Posted January 28, 2021

This month as part of the Umbrella Project, we are bringing our focus onto healthy lifestyles.  Healthy lifestyles sound easy, right? When it comes to healthy lifestyles, it may seem like eating well, getting enough sleep and prioritizing our own care is easy, but for many of us this is not the case.  

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Update regarding extension of online learning

Posted January 22, 2021

At this time, we do not expect that schools will resume in-person learning until the end of the provincial emergency orders on February 11, 2021, at the earliest. 

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Temporary online learning extended until Jan. 29, 2021

Posted January 20, 2021

Public Health has instructed the UGDSB that the current measures in place for online learning in the UGDSB will be extended until at least January 29. 

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Information for schools following expanded provincial restrictions 

Posted January 13, 2021

On Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021, the provincial government announced new restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario. As part of that announcement, information was shared that affects Ontario schools, and we would like to provide the details that have been announced so far to all Upper Grand DSB families.

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No additional board-wide survey, reorganization in elementary schools

Posted January 12, 2021

The Upper Grand District School Board would like to inform all elementary school families that there will be no additional “intent to change learning modes” survey for elementary students. What this means is that there will not be another board-wide reorganization in elementary schools at this time.  

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UGDSB and PIC to host virtual parent engagement events in the new year

Posted January 11, 2021

The Upper Grand District School Board and Parent Involvement Committee are hosting virtual events for parents/guardians throughout the remainder of the school year.

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Resource: Mental Health and COVID-19 for Caregivers

Posted January 8, 2021

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the sense of added responsibility can be stressful. Please see this parent resource for coping strategies to deal with the stress and uncertainty. 

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Public Health officials instruct schools to continue online learning until Jan. 24, 2021

Posted January 7, 2021

Public health officials have instructed all schools within our region to continue online learning until at least Jan. 24, 2021. 

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