Coronavirus COVID-19

School Year Calendars

We are now able to share with everyone the final versions of the 2020-21 LDCSB school year calendars, both elementary and secondary.

Staggered Start Details

All students will stay at home the week of September 8 while staff receive additional enhanced training on health and safety protocols; spiritual and mental wellbeing supports; antiracism training; and technology to support in person and full-remote learning. During the week of September 14, students will learn about health and safety protocols and resources for spiritual and mental wellbeing as we welcome them back to in person and full-remote learning.

Next week, schools will notify families via SchoolMessenger which days their child(ren) will attend school the week of September 14. Secondary schools will notify families which cohort (A or B) their child(ren) belong to. Please note that schools cannot accommodate requests to change groups or cohorts.

Elementary Schools
In Person Students
Sept 8-11: all students to stay at home
Sept 14-15: One half of the students attend school, while the other half stays home
Sept 16-17: Other half of the students attend school, while the first half stays home
Sept 18: all students will attend school
Sept 21 onwards: regular schedule

Full Remote Students
Week of Sept 14: students will be contacted by their teachers. Students will have the opportunity to review health and safety protocols and spiritual and mental wellbeing resources.

Secondary Schools
In Person Students
Sept 8-11: all students to stay at home
Sept 14: Cohort A Grade 9 students attend school for orientation day; all other students remain at home
Sept 15: All cohort A students attend school; all cohort B students remain at home
Sept 16: Cohort B Grade 9 students attend school for orientation day; all other students remain at home
Sept 17: All cohort B students attend school; all cohort A students remain at home
Sept 18 onwards: octomester cohort schedule

Full Remote Students
Week of Sept 14: students will be contacted by their teachers. Students will have the opportunity to review health and safety protocols and spiritual and mental wellbeing resources.

Why the Delay?

The LDCSB, like most other school boards in the province, has the huge task of re-organizing our schools. Re-organizing our schools means redoing both the class rosters and classroom teacher assignments. As part of the re-organization, we are creating and staffing three virtual schools for full-remote learners – two elementary and one secondary.

This process takes time, so a staggered start to the school year is required.

In Person and Remote Learning Survey Results

Recently, we asked all LDCSB families to complete a survey indicating if their child(ren) will be returning to class in person or opt for full-remote learning for the 2020-21 school year.

We are pleased to report that more than 92% of families completed the survey. Nearly 90% of those families are sending their child(ren) to school in person this Fall. We are very excited about these results.

Updated Masking Requirement for Students

Masks will now be required for all LDCSB students, including those in Grades JK-3.

Update: Public health units have stated their support for mandatory face coverings for all students as one public health intervention to ensure students are safe in school. Face coverings are an additional measure of protection to help ensure the safety of our students and staff, especially in classrooms.

Face coverings are required for students in Grades JK-3. For JK-3 students, these include disposable or cloth masks, face shields, or similar items as long as they cover the nose, mouth and chin.

Students in Grades JK-3 who have difficulty with face coverings because of their young age will not be denied entry to school. They will be taught best practices and encouraged to comply as best as they are able.

Families are encouraged to practice wearing face coverings at home so students are comfortable with this routine by the time they return to school.

Octomester at Secondary Schools

Octomester: an eight semester timetable has been adopted, replacing the previously announced quadmester. This means students will take one course at a time. Students will continue to be assigned to one of two cohorts (Cohorts A and B) and attend in-school classes on a rotation basis (three days one week, two days the next week). Final secondary schedules and calendars will be shared as soon as they are available.

Opportunities to Transition Between Modes

Secondary transition date: The transition date to switch between full-remote and in-person learning remains February 4. Secondary families must notify their school by January 8 if they want to transition between modes.

Elementary transition dates: November 2 and February 8. Families will have to notify the school at least four weeks in advance if they want to transition between modes.

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.

 

Self-Screening of Students and Staff (Prior to Entering Any Schools and LDSCB Facilities) in Effect Until Further Notice

Parents, and staff, are expected in these times to be responsible and accept their shared and collective actions to preserve public health. Parents/guardians are expected to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day. Students and staff who are sick should not attend school in-person.

 Mandatory Self-Screening of All Students and All Staff

All students and staff will be required to self-screen every day before attending school (families are provided below, with a checklist and questions for their children, which may be provided separately to families). In addition to a similar daily self-assessment, it is anticipated that staff will complete an online assessment tool on a weekly basis. Additional information on staff self-screening is included later in this document.

Signage will be placed at all school entrances. If a student or a staff member is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from school and seek testing and appropriate medical attention.

Signs will be placed at all school entrances reminding parents, students and staff of the need to self-assess prior to entering the building. 

Return-to-School

Any student answering yes to the home screening questionnaire, will not be able to return to school until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. 

Questions regarding return to school should be jointly decided in consultation with parents or caregivers, school personnel, the local health unit as necessary, and the student’s healthcare provider.

Students who are excluded from school will be afforded the opportunity, as soon as feasible when they are well enough to participate in classwork, to make up any missed classwork without penalty in order to reduce mental or physical anxieties about missed academic opportunities.

Click here to read the COVD-19 Self Screening Questions page