COVID Information 2020-2021

Return to school plan


2020-2021 Covid Information

Safely welcoming students and families back to school! 


It takes a community to help make schools safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. 
public health guidelines and complete a COVID-19 self-assessment every day before coming to school.

For information about the OCDSB Return to School Plan, visit

Health, Safety and Well-Being

There will be increased health and safety measures in every school including hand hygiene, physical distancing, personal protective equipment and more. For more information, visit the Health, Safety and Well-Being page on the OCDSB’s Return to School Plan website. 

Before coming to school, students must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment. Students should only come to school if they answer no to all of the questions and have none of the symptoms present on the checklist.

Mental health resourc
es and community supports

Remember, it’s ok to not be ok. There are resources available to you if you need help. On our Mental Health during COVID-19 page you will find information on managing stress and anxiety as well as community resources.

Contact information for local crisis lines:

Kids Help phone (available 24/7): 1-800-668-6868 or text: CONNECT to 686868

Kids Help phone for Arabic Speaking youth

Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region: 613-238-3311

211 Ontario provides information on community and social services, dial 211

YSB crisis line (available 24/7):  Phone - 613-260-2360

Switching Between In person & Virtual

Updated November 23, 2020 - Some families have asked us about switching between in-person learning and OCV during the 2020-21 school year. Over the past few months, we have been able to transfer over 2000 students. In order to bring stability to the system, and to allow schools to work with students and their families to make plans for the remainder of the year, movement between in-person learning and OCV will only be done on a limited case-by-case basis, where circumstances permit.
Students, parents and guardians should assume that their child will continue to learn for the balance of the 2020-21 school year in the program in which they are currently enrolled.
While this may be of concern to some parents, a large number of transfers would result in changes to class sizes, teaching assignments, cohorts and course offerings. Our goal is to minimize impacts on students and staff, and to provide the stability that will help students successfully complete their school year.
We understand that family realities can change and we will work to support students and families with exceptional circumstances, such as critical illness, in the best way possible. Families in these situations who are seeking a transfer should speak with their principal (OCV families should contact their principal). Any individual transfers will be considered based on space, staffing, course schedules and program requirements.


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