COVID Information 2021-2022

2021-2022 Covid Information

We wanted to share some of the health and safety measures that will be in place in OCDSB schools. We follow the Ontario Ministry of Education COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and have tailored our planning based on experience, the current COVID-19 situation in our community, and the guidance of Ottawa Public Health. Our goal is a safe and sustainable return with more regular activities resuming as it is safe to do so.

Enhanced Safety Measures Continue

Based on the success of last year’s safety measures, we will be starting the school year with the following safety measures in place: 

  • Daily screening: All students and staff must do a daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms before school and stay home and get tested if there are symptoms;
  • COVID Wise: Continued emphasis in schools on cohorting, social distancing, hand hygiene, directional signage in schools, enhanced cleaning practices;
  • Masks: Recommended for all staff and for students in Kindergarten to grade 12 (updated March 21st).  

Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

As part of our COVID-19 response,  the OCDSB has invested millions of dollars in upgrades to ventilation systems. We know how important this information is to families and have developed this ventilation webpage with detailed  information on actions taken across the district.

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

Request to Change
 Learning Mode for the 2021 - 2022 School Year

Requests for change to either in-person learning or Ottawa Carleton Virtual (OCV) school will be considered on a very limited, case-by-case basis, subject to extenuating circumstances, space in the mode of learning, and the unique needs of families and best interests of the students. If your request is approved, your child will remain in the mode of learning for the remainder of the 2021 - 2022 school year, unless there are human rights grounds that necessitate a change. 

The school principal, in consultation with the parent/guardian and student, a member of the school's multidisciplinary team (if appropriate) and the superintendent will collaborate on the request to determine if the extenuating circumstance meets one or more grounds protected under the Human Rights Code. When there are extenuating circumstances, and they relate, in whole or in part, to a ground protected from discrimination[1] under Ontario Human Rights Code, the OCDSB will work to find appropriate accommodation for the need, to the point of undue hardship.

Request to Change Learning Mode for the 2021 - 2022 School Year


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