We know that parents and caregivers have questions about the upcoming school year. The health and safety of students and staff are our top priority. We have increased health and safety measures in every school in accordance with guidance from the COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022), along with Public Health requirements.

Mask Use

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 will be required to wear masks during the upcoming school year. This enhanced health and safety measure builds on the Provincial requirement for students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear masks during the school day.

Staff will also explore alternatives, such as face shields, for students who are unable to wear masks. Staff will work with younger students with compassion and a focus on education. There will be no disciplinary action for students having difficulty complying.

Students are not expected to wear face coverings while outdoors in their cohort, as long as 2m can be maintained between students from different cohorts. All students should be mindful of physical distancing while unmasked.

View information about the Mask Accommodation Protocol.

Daily Student Screening Checklist

Elementary Students

Parents or caregivers of elementary students will need to ensure they have completed screening your child for COVID-19 symptoms using the Ontario School Screener. This screener is now available for download in many different languages as well as English and French. If your child is showing any symptoms, please keep your child home. You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school.

Find the Ontario School Screener quickly using the buttons on each school’s website:

Ontario School Screener

Secondary Students

Each day, secondary students (or a parent or caregiver on their behalf) need to complete the Ontario School Screener. This screener is now available for download in many different languages as well as English and French. If your child is NOT feeling well, or sick, they are to remain at home. You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school.

Find the Ontario School Screener quickly using the buttons on each school’s website:

Ontario School Screener

Signage and Wayfinding

Appropriate signage will be posted throughout our school sites, plexiglass will be installed in appropriate spaces, hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms and offices, and our school buses and classrooms will be thoroughly and frequently cleaned. In addition, schools will have designated entrances and exits. Hallways and stairwells will be designated for one-way flow and physical distance reminders will be placed throughout the building. Health and safety are at the heart of every element of our return to school planning.

Hand Hygiene

Staff and educators will regularly remind students of the importance of proper hand hygiene and assist younger students as needed. Staff will also incorporate frequent hand hygiene into their daily classroom routines. Signs will be posted at all sinks to remind students of proper handwashing techniques. In addition, signs will be placed throughout the school to indicate the nearest hand washing facility.

Students must wash their hands:

  • when they arrive at school and before they go home
  • before eating and drinking
  • after using the washroom
  • after sneezing or coughing into hands or tissue or assisting students with using a tissue
  • after using any common supplies, equipment or devices
  • whenever hands are visibly dirty
  • when moving between different learning environments or centres (for example when students move from outdoors to indoors)

In addition to hand washing, hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the school.

HEPA filter units for classrooms

For schools or parts of schools without mechanical ventilation, standalone high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter units will be placed in all classrooms and learning environments. When other methods of ventilation are not available, these units ensure particle filtration of air and improve air exchange.