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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

Grade 7 Immunization Information and Consent Forms


October 26, 2023

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians,

This is a reminder that WDG Public Health will be at Victoria Cross PS on November 1st, 2023 to vaccinate grade 7 students.

Immunizing your child at school is convenient. However, some students can be nervous about getting a needle. Our Public Health unit uses the CARD (Comfort Ask Relax Distract) system to reduce needle fear and anxiety. CARD invites children to choose coping strategies in each letter category to help them have a positive vaccination experience.

If you have not already completed the online consent for your child to receive their vaccines at school, please follow this link now: 

Learn more about CARD by viewing the videos below and invite your child to play the CARD game at to prepare for vaccination.

More information is available at Then on vaccination day:

 · pack a snack, if possible

· have your child wear a short-sleeved shirt or something easy to roll-up to the shoulder

 · remind your child to play their CARDs! This can include bringing a personal item from home to use as a distraction during vaccination (such as a tablet/ iPad, book, or toy). We will have some items available at the school as well (e.g., colouring pages, mazes, treats).

We want to work together with the school community to make the vaccination program a positive experience for students. We value your support and assistance in making these vaccination days successful.

~ CARD Parent Handout:

Students video 1

– general information about vaccinations:

~ Students will watch this video during the nurse teaching session when the consents are handed out in class. It includes information about how vaccines work and what to expect during school vaccinations.

~Students video 2 – play your power CARDs during vaccination:

~ Students will watch this video during the nurse teaching session when the consents are handed out in class. It includes information about coping strategies to manage stress and anxiety related to vaccinations.

 Thank you!

Kindergarten Registration is fast approaching – Here’s what you need to know

Posted December 4, 2023

Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opens January 9, 2024. The French Immersion on-time application window for registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open from January 9 to January 26 at 4:00 pm.

Parents/guardians invited to complete WHY Survey to help improve well-being of youth

Posted November 13, 2023

All parents/guardians in the Upper Grand District School Board are invited to complete the 2023 WHY Survey, in partnership with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. The purpose of the Well-being Health and Youth (WHY) Surveys is to collect information from youth, parents, and school staff about youth health and well-being. These surveys will ...

It’s that time of year again – everything you need to know about UG Inclement Weather Procedures

Posted November 8, 2023

GUELPH, ON – It’s that time of year again and we wanted to share a refresh with our school community about Inclement Weather Procedures. BUS DELAYS/CANCELLATIONS: In the event of bus cancellations, all schools will remain open for students and staff who can get there safely. If parents/guardians do not feel it is ...

Professional Activity Day Description – Nov. 24, 2023

Updated November 10, 2023

Date: November 24, 2023 Length: Full Day Topics: Elementary Topic: Parent-Guardian / Teacher Interviews Secondary Topic 1:  AM – Curriculum PD and Workshops Secondary Topic 2:  PM – Workplace Violence Prevention Training as per the Collective Agreement Entity Hosting: Upper Grand DSB Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): School Administrators and Online Modules Description:  Elementary Staff will spend the full day communicating with parents/guardians about student progress after ...

Breakfast Program starting Thursday, November 2, 2023

Posted November 1, 2023

Good afternoon Falcon Families We have some exciting news to share with our community!! Our Breakfast Program will be starting on Thursday, November 2 to support learning and healthy development.  Nutritious food helps kids learn and focus.  Because all students have universal access, they are welcome to ...

Vaccine Clinic for Grade 7 Students tomorrow at VCPS

Posted October 31, 2023

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of our Grade 7 students, Tomorrow is vaccination day for grade 7 students. Please encourage your child to eat before and after vaccination, to wear a short-sleeved shirt (or something easy to roll-up to the shoulder) and to play their power CARDs! Students are encouraged to bring snacks ...

Provide your feedback on UGDSB draft policies

Posted October 25, 2023

At the October 24th Board meeting, the following policy items were approved. All updates have been made on the board website (

Picture Day is coming – October 25th!

Posted October 12, 2023


Families will receive a proof sheet with an online code to view the student’s images with lots of additional online ordering choices. Proofs will be sent to your school sorted by homeroom, approximately two weeks after photo day for distribution to the students.  If you require assistance to see a proof, please ...

Statement from the Chair of the Board and Director regarding ongoing violence in the Middle East

Posted October 10, 2023

We are deeply saddened to learn of the recent deadly attacks and ongoing violence in the Middle East. Our thoughts are with all those impacted and mourning the loss of life during the conflict over the past weekend. We acknowledge this is a particularly devastating time for UGDSB ...

Virtual School Council Meeting tonight Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 6:30.

Posted October 10, 2023

Come one...come all!  Join us at tonight's School Council Meeting.  If you are interested in attending, it will be held virtually from 6:30-7:30. Please click on the following LINK to join our meeting. Below is further information on joining by phone. Student Council - virtual Tuesday, October 10 · 6:30 – 8:00pm Time zone: ...

Professional Activity Day Description – Oct. 27, 2023

Posted October 5, 2023

Date: October 27, 2023 Length: Full Day Topic 1: AM – Workplace Violence Prevention Training Entity Hosting: Upper Grand DSB Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): School Administrators and Online Modules Description: Staff will spend the morning completing mandatory Workplace Violence Prevention Training on the board’s Online Learning Platform. This is self-directed learning made of online modules for staff to work through independently. Topic 2: PM – Progress ...

Information about the Student Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy – Strategic Framework 2023-2026

Posted October 3, 2023

GUELPH, ON – The Upper Grand District School Board has launched the Student Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy – Strategic Framework 2023-2026. This framework looks at the Foundations and Guiding Principles and establishes key Priority Areas.   The Principles and Foundations guide the development, implementation, and monitoring of the ...
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