If your child came into contact with a positive case of COVID at school before the Christmas break, you may receive an email over the holidays with a letter from Ottawa Public Health. Because our schools will be closed until January 3, 2022, we want to share some helpful information to help you navigate this over the holidays.
If you get an email from us
If If you get an email from OCSB Communications over the holidays about a COVID case at your child’s school, please read the attached letter from Ottawa Public Health carefully. If there is a case in your child’s school, you will get an email even if your child was not identified as a high-risk contact.
The letter from Ottawa Public Health will describe who may be impacted using one or more of the following identifying information:
- Date(s) when your child may have been exposed to COVID
- Class or course code information and/or teacher name (although this does not mean that teacher has tested positive for COVID)
- Grade 5/6ext, Smith
- HTR3MI (Smith, Period 3)
If your child is not in the identified group, class or cohort identified in the letter, or was not at school on the date(s) listed you do not need to do anything.
Follow Public Health guidance and instructions.
If your child is identified as a high-risk contact, please follow the directions in the letter from Ottawa Public Health for isolation and testing requirements.
What to do if you have questions
As our schools are closed until Monday, January 3, 2022, please contact Ottawa Public Health if you have any questions or concerns.
Helpful resources for parents
- Ottawa Public Health information for multilingual families
- Virtual Tour COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Kids 5-11 (Ottawa Public Health Video)
- Call 2-1-1 or visit 211Ontario.ca for financial and social support during the pandemic
- Ottawa Distress Line/Help Line: 613-238-3311
- The Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914.