Coronavirus COVID-19

As a result of the State of Emergency, all school playgrounds and equipment are closed to the public.

 

March 21, 2020 Update
 

As these are extraordinary times, they call for extraordinary measures. We are committed to keeping LDCSB families informed with the latest information about COVID-19 and how it is affecting our schools

 

The situation we find ourselves in is constantly changing and we appreciate your continued patience and prayers. 

 

Continue to monitor the LDCSB website, SchoolMessenger and the Board’s social media channels for updates.  

 

Updates 

  • Custodial staff worked diligently the week of the March Break to complete a thorough cleaning of all school buildings.  
  • Schools will be closed to all students, family members and nearly all staff from March 14, 2020 to at least April 5, 2020 inclusive.  
  • No programs are operational in elementary school, secondary schools and the Centre for Lifelong Learning (no classes, no e-learning, no dual credits, no OYAP, etc.). 
  • All daycare centers are closed; and all before and after school programs and community use of schools are cancelled.   
  • The Board Office will be closed to the general public and to most staff. 
  • All LDCSB staff are working remotely or assigned to home duty, with a few exceptions. 
  • The Director of Education and Superintendents will meet remotely on a daily basis. They will also meet remotely with all Principals and Vice-Principals at least once per week. 

 

Educational Resources 

The Government of Ontario has launched Learn at Home, a new online portal providing resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed. Additional resources will be shared soon. 

 

Faith Resources 

Since all churches are closed until the end of April, our local diocese has set up a webpage with helpful resources so Catholics can remain in touch with their faith, including special prayers and links to Masses that can be livestreamed.  

 

Social Distancing Reminder 

Please remember to be safe and remember to implement the appropriate, and very necessary, social distancing practices in the weeks ahead.  

 

Travel Reminders 

  • The Governments of Canada and Ontario have warned against all international travel. Domestic travel has not yet been limited. 
  • The Prime Minister announced the Canadian/American border will be closed for non-essential travel. Travellers will no longer be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism. Travel for goods and services will continue. 
  • All travelers arriving in Canada from abroad (i.e. anywhere outside Canada) are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution. All those arriving before March 13 are asked to self-monitor and self-isolate if they develop symptoms. 

Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020 based on advice from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table. 

“We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on families, students, schools, as well as the broader community, but this precaution is necessary to keep people safe,” the news release stated.

 

What this Means in the LDCSB:

All classes and eLearning will be cancelled and all LDCSB schools will be closed from March 15 through to April 6. This affects all elementary schools, all secondary schools, alternative education programs and adult and continuing education programs.

  

  • Before and after school programs: all are cancelled
  • Daycare centres located at LDCSB schools: all are closed
  • Family Centres located at LDCSB schools: all are closed
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning: closed
  • Community Use of Schools: all reservations are cancelled through April 5
  • Co-Op Placements, OYAP, SWAC and Dual-Credit: all are cancelled
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities: everything scheduled through to April 5 are postponed or cancelled
  • Field Trips: all field trips scheduled for the month of April will be cancelled or postponed
  • Board Office: the LDCSB Board Office be closed to the general public

Several COVID-19 resources and documents are available on the MLHU website.

Provincial and national COVID-19 case counts and other updates are available from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

The Government of Canada has a list of COVID-19-affected countries, all of which have an associated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Travel Health Notice. The list of affected countries and travel health notices will be updated as required as the outbreak evolves.