News & Announcements

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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Local Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday

Posted January 17, 2022

Please see information from Public Health about a vaccination clinic this Wednesday. COVID Vaccine Clinic Poster_Orangeville_Jan.2022

Principal’s Message – January 14, 2022

Posted January 17, 2022

Hello Families, Please find attached some information about our return to in-person learning on January 17th. Return To In Person January 17, 2022    

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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Principal’s Message – January 7, 2022

Posted January 7, 2022

Although not what we were hoping for, our move to online learning has gone pretty smoothly.  It was great popping into classes, seeing the students and hearing about their winter break.  Thank you, as always, to our amazing staff who reached out to families, shared strategies and moved ...

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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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Principal’s Message – December 17, 2021

Posted December 17, 2021

It was certainly a festive week in the school.  The halls were transformed with images of frosted trees, snowmen and twinkling lights. Students were actively involved in all our spirit days from cowboy hats to Santa hats, students dressed like Christmas trees to students rocky wintery blue and ...

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Positive Covid Case at Spencer – December 16, 2021

Posted December 16, 2021

December 16, 2021

 

Dear parents/guardians and staff, 

 

WDG Public Health has ...

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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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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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Principal’s Message – December 3, 2021

Posted December 3, 2021

What a community we have!  It is amazing to see the food coming in for the food drive.  The hallway is filling up.  A reminder that you have until next Friday to send in your donations. We are also on target to collect 150 pairs of socks ...

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Principal’s Message – November 26, 2021

Posted November 26, 2021

Thank you for making time to meet with your child’s teacher(s) this week to discuss the Progress Report/ Initial Observations of Learning.  Looking at how students are progressing early in the year and setting goals is an important part of helping all our kids be successful.  Remember that ...

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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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UGDSB looks ahead to Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Posted November 15, 2021

Schools of the UGDSB will be participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week from November 22 to the 26th. Learn more about bullying and other resources.

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Positive Covid Case at Spencer Ave

Posted November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021 Dear Spencer Ave 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 Spencer Ave.  WDG Public Health has determined that this individual was not at school during their infectious period and ...

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Covid-19 Case at Spencer Ave

Posted November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021 Dear Spencer Ave 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 Spencer Ave.  WDG Public Health has determined that this individual was not at school during their infectious period and ...

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Outbreak at Spencer Ave Declared Over

Posted November 1, 2021

Please see the attached letter from Public Health declaring the Covid Outbreak at Spencer Avenue over.   Outbreak Declared Over Memo Nov. 1st (002)

Principal’s Message – October 30, 2021

Posted October 30, 2021

The weather has certainly taken a turn as we now face the chilly, damp days of November.  Please remember to send your kids dressed for the weather.  We only come in early or have indoor recesses when it is pounding rain and not a light mist as we ...

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Policy feedback opportunity: Policy 504 Equity and Inclusive Education

Posted October 27, 2021

UGDSB Policy 504 Equity and Inclusive Education is currently under review and feedback is welcome on the draft documents until November 25, 2021.

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UGDSB received funding from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS)

Posted October 26, 2021

Spencer 8x4_English_OntarioBuilds_CMYK.ai The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) received funding from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) for various projects throughout the district. The UGDSB is continuing its work on increasing touchless points in our classrooms and learning environments by installing door operators ...

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Principal’s Message – October 22, 2021

Posted October 22, 2021

It has definitely been a week with some challenges as we are dealing with our first Covid cases at Spencer.  Thank you to the parents we contacted about picking up their children.  If you didn’t get a call to pick up your child, your child’s class has not ...

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COVID Update – October 22, 2021

Posted October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021 Dear parents/guardians and staff, This letter is a follow up to information shared with you yesterday about Public Health declaring an outbreak at Spencer Avenue Elementary School. Please see yesterday’s memo below for information about when an outbreak is declared.  Today WDG Public Health has notified us that another ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted October 21, 2021

Oct 21, 2021 Dear parents/guardians and staff of Spencer Avenue Elementary School, This is an update to the information we sent you previously regarding the confirmed case of COVID-19 at our school. We now have more than one case at this time. As a result ...

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Positive Covid Case at Spencer Ave

Posted October 20, 2021

Dear parents/guardians and staff, 

 

WDG Public Health has notified us that an individual in our school has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Public Health has directed ...

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Principal’s Message – October 9, 2021

Posted October 9, 2021

It was wonderful on Thursday to see so many kiddos dressed up in their finest for Photo Day - Take Two.  I am happy to say that all students who were present were able to get their pictures taken this time! Did you know that we have ...

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Principal’s Message – October 2, 2021

Posted October 2, 2021

What a busy week we all have had!  Students participated in our Terry Fox Run and learned about his Marathon of Hope.  We talked about Truth and Reconciliation and the legacy of residential schools.  A few people had their pictures taken and our intermediates received their regularly scheduled ...

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Principal’s Message – September 25, 2021

Posted September 25, 2021

Did you know that a number of our families speak a different first language at home?  If you read the Principal's Message on our school website, you are able to select the language you want to read it in.  The language tab is located at the top left corner of ...

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Principal’s Message – September 18, 2021

Posted September 18, 2021

What a terrific second week.  Students are settled into their classrooms and are getting used to the routine of school.  Truly, the students just seem happy to be back with friends and kids their own age.  This past week the Board looked at all the organizations of schools ...

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UGDSB Ventilation Report

Posted September 2, 2021

The UGDSB is continuing its work optimizing air quality in classrooms and learning environments through improving ventilation and filtration. Upgrades to ventilation and filtration systems began in the 2020-21 school year and will continue for the 2021-22 school year. The UGDSB has received funding from the Provincial Government and Federal Government ...

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2021 Long Term Accommodation Plan annual review report approved

Posted June 23, 2021

The 2021 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was approved at the Board Meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on June 22, 2021.

This purpose of this report is to review updated data and any other changes affecting accommodation. ...

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Policy feedback opportunity: School Volunteers, Educational Field Trips and Off-Site Activities

Posted June 23, 2021

The following UGDSB draft policies have been released for public consultation: Policy 205 School Volunteers, and Policy 508 Educational Field Trips and Off-Site Activities. The deadline to provide feedback is October 14, 2021, at 4pm.

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Board News: End of the year information (June 2021)

Posted June 16, 2021

As we approach the end of the school year, we would like to say thank you to all our students, families and staff for their hard work and understanding throughout the year. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information about the last few weeks of school. 

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