Coronavirus COVID-19

 
COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Attestation Summary
October 15 update: Of those school board employees and trustees who have submitted an attestation, 95% of individuals have attested to being fully vaccinated. Details in Vaccination Attestation Summary file below.

2021-22 LDCSB School Guidelines At A Glance

Detailed guidelines and protocols for LDCSB students and staff regarding the upcoming school year are posted here (and are below). Here is a quick glance giving some of the main highlights:

August 31, 2021 Guidance from Local Health Units (Additional COVID-19 Preventive Measures for School Settings in London, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, and St. Thomas)

What’s Required

  • Masking required for all students, including those in kindergarten
  • No school assemblies
  • Elementary only: Masks required outdoors for students if physical distancing cannot be maintained between cohorts
  • Mandatory daily self-screening required for all students and staff
  • Masking and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for staff
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols, including hand sanitizer in schools
  • Assigned seating on school buses
  • Elementary only: cohorting of students to reduce number of contacts
  • No visitors
  • Virtual meetings whenever possible
  • Secondary only: in-person learning five days each week
  • Secondary only: Quadmester (two courses each day)
 
What’s Allowed (recent changes or changes from last year)
  • NEW: Libraries and computer labs
  • Water bottle refilling stations will be open where possible.
  • Students may leave and return to school during the day (appointment, lunch, etc.)
  • Clubs, activities, sport teams, bands, and extra-curriculars (with restrictions)
  • Gyms, change rooms, etc. (for certain activities)
  • Music programs (with restrictions)
  • Elementary only: cubbies, outdoor playground equipment can be used
  • Elementary only: Before and After School Programs
  • Secondary only: lockers, labs and cafeterias can be used
 
What’s On Hold, At Least For Now
  • Field trips
  • Community Use of Schools
  • Food programs (hot lunch, etc.)
 
Cautious Return of Secondary Athletic Programs
The LDCSB will allow a cautious return to athletic programs in secondary schools. All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - if eligible - as the health and well-being of our students and their families is paramount. We continue to work closely with and take direction from our local public health units during this ever-evolving pandemic. 
 
Regarding Vaccination
The London District Catholic School Board believes vaccination is an important tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and allow students, families, and staff to safely resume normal activities. Vaccination rates may provide opportunities to reduce COVID-19 related measures and restrictions over time and allow us a return to more normal operations.

At this time, the Ministry of Education guidelines for Ontario school boards state that it intends to introduce a vaccination disclosure policy for all publicly funded school board employees, with rapid antigen testing requirements for staff who are not immunized against COVID-19. Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session is also part of the requirements.

The LDCSB is not at liberty to disclose personal health care information about staff, including but not limited to an individual’s vaccination status. Regardless of vaccination status, all LDCSB staff are required to follow health and safety protocols related to COVID-19 as determined by local public health authorities, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour.
 
Regarding Ventilation
We continue to make upgrades to improve the ventilation infrastructure in our school buildings. Improvements over the past year include upgrading filters to use the highest-grade possible (MERV 13); adding filter changes throughout the school year; operating ventilation systems two hours or more before and after school occupancy; calibrating HVAC systems for maximum air flow and increased fresh air intake; and much more. For additional information, visit LDCSB.ca > About Us > Strategic Planning and Reporting > Ventilation (near the bottom of the page). Note: Microsoft Excel is required to open the file.
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