COVID Information 2020-2021

Return to school plan


Important update (01/09/2021)

The province has announced that remote learning for elementary students will continue for the next two weeks. In-person learning is scheduled to resume for both elementary and secondary students on January 25, 2021. At this time, all the information available is included in the Ontario government news release.

Parents can expect that over the next two weeks, learning will continue in a similar manner as what your child has received this week. That includes the in-person classes currently taking place for some special education students.

Families in need of technology to support remote learning are asked to contact their teacher or principal.

We recognize the challenges that families experience juggling at home learning and other responsibilities. We will continue to provide resources and supports to assist wherever possible. Additional information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

Our continued collective effort to follow public health guidelines is essential to ensuring the safe and timely return to school.

Province Wide Shutdown - OCDSB Schools Pivot to Remote Learning January 4th.  

The following is an overview of what to expect during the period of remote learning for elementary schools in the OCSDB:

  • During the remote learning period, the school timetable will be followed (start and end time, as well as school established nutrition breaks and recesses).
  • Each day, learning for students will be scheduled based on the daily Ministry requirements for learning using both synchronous  and asynchronous teaching and learning: 
  • Kindergarten students - 180 mins of synchronous learning opportunities (120 mins asynchronous) a day during the regularly scheduled class time
  • Grade 1-8 students - 225 minutes synchronous learning opportunities (75 minutes asynchronous) a day during the regularly scheduled class time.
  • Daily attendance will be taken by teachers.
  • The focus of Monday, January 4th will be supporting the transition to remote learning; teachers will share Instructions to access the Google Classroom or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), verify email addresses, ensure the homeroom/class timetable for students is posted in the Google Classroom/VLE, provide reminders about COVID-19 safety practices, and reach out to families who may need access to a device. Much of the focus of January 4th will be on asynchronous instruction, and teachers will provide additional information about scheduled synchronized learning opportunities for that day.
  • Parents can expect an email from their child’s teacher on or before January 4th, 2021.

Students Enrolled in Special Education Program Classes

  • Students with special education needs will continue to be supported by their classroom teacher during this period.
  • Students enrolled in specialized program classes have been learning on a blended model and this will continue. On January 4th, students in these classes can expect to start with a focus on remote learning.  
  • The OCDSB remains committed to ensuring that the students with special education will be engaged in remote learning with appropriate support(s), and in some cases in-person learning may be possible. Work is underway to determine how this could be safely operationalized.
  • Parents and guardians of students enrolled in specialized program classes can expect additional information from the classroom teacher on or before January 4, 2021.

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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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