Coronavirus COVID-19

Masking Update

The London District Catholic School Board continues to strongly encourage staff and students to wear masks indoors even though they are not required in most circumstances (see below for details). Masks are freely available to staff and students.

 

We also ask staff and students to complete the provincial COVID-19 screener each day and to stay at home if feeling unwell. Enhanced cleaning protocols remain in place and increased running times for filtration and mechanical systems continues as well.

 

These initiatives will serve as our protective measures for these last two months of this school year.

 

When Masks Are Required:

Masks are required in certain circumstances even if a student or staff member completes provincial COVID-19 screener and receives a green checkmark:

  • 10 days after the date you were last exposed to a COVID-19 case
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19: 10 days after a positive test or when symptoms began, whichever was first 

Details are available following completion of the provincial screening tool (scroll past the green checkmark area).

 

Overnight Field Trips
March 25: The LDCSB has made the decision that overnight school field trips may not occur during the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. While many restrictions have eased in society and in schools, the LDCSB continues to take a cautious approach. This decision will help minimize potential risk of COVID-19 transmission; recognizes there are some staff, students and families who may not be comfortable with overnight trips; and also addresses the reality of the bus driver shortage that continues to affect regular school bus routes. The LDCSB hopes that overnight trips can resume in the coming school year.
 
 
March 21, 2022 Changes
Based on the guidance and direction from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and our local health units, and in alignment with community measures, the province is returning schools to a more normal learning environment. The following changes for LDCSB schools, students and staff will come into effect on Monday, March 21.  
 
School-related changes: 
  • Masks are no longer required in LDCSB schools for staff, students, visitors, and on student transportation. The wearing of masks is highly encouraged, but no longer required for our LDCSB community. Masks will continue to be provided upon request for both students and staff. 
  • All cohorting and distancing protocols will end both indoors or outdoors. 
  • The provincial screening tool has been updated with new isolation requirements depending on vaccination status. 
  • Assemblies and field trips will be allowed again (details TBD. Please note that there continues to be a shortage of bus drivers across the region). 
  • Graduation and prom ceremonies may take place again this June (details TBD). 
 
What hasn’t changed:  
  • Students and staff are still required to complete the daily screening and follow the guidance it provides, including isolation requirements.  
  • The attendance data will continue to be posted at the Ministry site until April 14. 
  • Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be available to staff and students to replace kits that have been used after an illness.  
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will continue to be provided until the end of this school year. 
  • Hand hygiene, improved ventilation, and enhanced cleaning will continue in LDCSB schools. 
 
The LDCSB will continue to follow the guidance and direction from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and our local health units.