COVID Updates

Here is a reminder of the email sent by YRDSB to families. Please take note that for those of us who travelled internationally over the break, masks are required for 14 days.

Please direct questions to Krysten Cameron and Brett McLean in the office.

Dear families, 

We hope that you and your loved ones had an enjoyable March break. As we prepare to return to the classroom, we know that some families have questions about the lifting of public health and safety measures.

On March 9, 2022, the Government of Ontario announced their plan to lift many of the COVID-19 health and safety measures in public spaces and schools. Effective Monday, March 21, 2022, the following measures are in place:

Masks

Students, staff members and school visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in school. Individuals who feel more comfortable, are advised or required (e.g., recently returned from international travel)  to wear a mask can continue to wear a mask and will be supported in doing so.

Please see this important message from York Region Public Health and these video messages about masking:

As noted in the letter “York Region Public Health is strongly encouraging students/attendees, staff and visitors to continue wearing a mask for at least two weeks after March Break in areas with the 3 Cs: crowded settings, places where there is close contact or when spaces may be confined.”

Screening

Staff and students will not be required to complete the screening confirmation form each day. Students, staff members and visitors are to continue to review and adhere to the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to entering the school daily.  The screening tool has been updated to reflect new masking and isolation requirements. 

Additional information about what to do if you have tested positive or been exposed to a positive case can also be found at www.york.ca/safeatschool. Please note that close contacts of a COVID-19 case who are not required to isolate must self-monitor for 10 days (from last exposure) and wear a well-fitted mask in school and child care settings. This includes avoiding activities such as high-contact sports and playing wind instruments where masking and/or physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Vaccination Attestations

Vaccination attestations are no longer required for school board staff, or for students participating in school athletics. 

York Region Public Health continues to recommend vaccines as safe, effective and the best way to protect yourself and those around you from serious illnesses.

Other Health and Safety Measures

Students will no longer be required to remain in cohorts or to practice physical distancing. Hand hygiene (including the use of hand sanitizer and hand washing) and cleaning protocols will remain in place. In addition, we will continue to follow our current ventilation practices. 

Travel

The Government of Canada has also announced new health and safety measures for those returning from international travel. Under the current federal travel requirements, staff, students and visitors returning from international travel (even if exempt from quarantine) must wear a well-fitted mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools) for a period of 14 days.

Additional Information

Please also be assured that we will continue to consult with public health to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our students, staff members and families. 

We look forward to welcoming students back after March Break. For more information, please visit www.yrdsb.ca or follow us on Twitter @YRDSB.