How will I know if there is a COVID-19 case in my child’s classroom or in other classrooms?

If there is a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in your child’s classroom, Public Health will determine if the case was in the building during their period of communicability (when the virus can spread to others) and begin contact tracing, if necessary. If there is a high risk determination by Public Health, parents/guardians in the class will receive an email from the School Principal with an accompanying letter from Halton Region Public Health with instructions and next steps. All COVID-19 cases in schools will be posted on the HCDSB COVID-19 Advisory Board. Beginning September 2021, parents/guardians will no longer receive notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their child’s school. 

What is the process that will be followed by schools if a child is symptomatic or there is a confirmed case in the school?

HCDSB will follow the guidance in the Management of COVID-19 in schools document provided by the Ministry of Education. Please read our COVID-19 Symptoms Protocol for more information.

Can I find out if my child’s teacher is vaccinated? 

No, however, on August 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that to support the return to school plan, the Ministry of Education intends to introduce a vaccination disclosure policy for all publicly-funded school board employees. This vaccine disclosure policy applies only to staff, it does not include students. We will share additional information as it becomes available. See here for more details.

Can my child get a mask exemption?

With reasonable exceptions, a student may be granted an exemption from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering.

An exemption may be requested for a student in Grades K-12 for the following reasons:

  • A pre-existing medical condition.
  • A diagnosis or learning profile that would limit a student’s ability to tolerate or safely wear a mask, including whereby a mask would affect essential communication for a person who is hearing impaired.
  • Other, as detailed by a healthcare practitioner.

Parents and guardians requesting an exemption from mask wearing for their child(ren) during the 2021-2022 school year are asked to contact the School Principal.

More information on mask use can be found here.