Dear Parent and Guardians
School starts January 5, 2022
As you know, the start of school is delayed by two days to Wednesday, January 5, 2022. We have received new directives from the Ministry of Education and wanted to share the latest information. These new directives are based on the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore.
Extended Day Program
Before and after school extended day programs will not be operating on Monday, January 3rd or Tuesday, January 4th, when classes are not running. The before and after school programs will resume on Wednesday, January 5.
Daily COVID Screening
Every student must complete the COVID screening tool before school each day. You can access the screening tool via the Ottawa Public Health's Website and our school websites.
Rapid Antigen Tests
A reminder to please use the rapid antigen tests that your child brought home before the break if you have not already used them all. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick or have tested positive on the rapid antigen test. Additional Rapid Antigen Tests will be made available to students once the Ministry of Education deliveries are received later in January.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board will continue to follow stringent safety measures as we have throughout the academic year.
We require Kindergarten to Grade 12 students to wear masks and practice proper hygiene, including regular handwashing.
All OCSB schools have enhanced ventilation and sanitizing practices in place.
Additional 3-ply cloth masks will be available at schools for students whose parents want their children to have these masks.
At this time, only essential visitors are permitted in our schools.
All school staff are required to wear approved masks.
Field trips and assemblies continue to be on pause at this time.
There is currently a pause on high contact indoor sports activities.
If a child cannot attend their in-person class, learning materials will continue to be made available, by their classroom teacher(s), via the Hapara learning management system. This will allow for continuity of learning when a student is required to self-isolate or chooses to learn from home temporarily.
The Ministry of education has made available additional learning resources through TVOntario (TVO) and Télévision française de l'Ontario (TFO). More information is available directly from their websites.
Blessed Carlo virtual elementary school and St. Josephine secondary virtual school are intended only for those students who wish to be part of the virtual school all year long. It is not designed as a temporary change from in-person learning. Parents should contact their classroom teacher if they have concerns with in-person attendance or if they need to make temporary arrangements.
Ottawa Public Health Vaccination Clinics
Ottawa Public Health continues to operate vaccination clinics throughout the city. For times and locations, please visit Ottawa Public Health's Website.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We will continue to work with Ottawa Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Education to develop workable solutions for your family as we face the new challenges during this pandemic.