Yesterday afternoon, Ontario declared a provincial emergency due to COVID-19 which includes a stay-at-home order effective Thursday, January 14, 2021. More details can be found in the Province’s press release. The provincial government will provide an update on January 20 regarding the planned return to in-person learning that is currently scheduled for January 25.
Support for special education students
The Province has confirmed that students with special education needs enrolled in system classes will continue to be offered in-person learning. This applies to a small segment of students with special education needs who cannot succeed in a remote learning environment.
Additional Safety Measures – Masks for students Grades 1-3
Upon return to in-person learning, there will be a requirement for all Ontario students in grades 1-3 to wear masks. This aligns grades 1-3 to the current requirements in grades 4-12.
There will be new requirements for all students to wear a mask outdoors. We are waiting for further clarification and details from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education will also be releasing enhanced screening protocols and expanded targeted testing.
Child care at OCSB schools
Toddler and preschool child care programs operated by the Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation remain open for non-school aged children.
If parents still require emergency child care, please consult the City of Ottawa’s Emergency Childcare Provider List.
Let’s continue to adhere to public health guidelines
Please continue to follow the guidelines from public health officials.