COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority. The Superior-Greenstone District School Board is working closely with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, as well as the Ministry of Education, who are working closely with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and local health care providers to monitor this situation and take action as appropriate. As new information is released to school communities from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, we will share that information with you and post it on this website.
What is Coronavirus?
In January 2020, coronavirus disease (COVID-19), formally known as 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia, originating in Wuhan, China.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that commonly cause mild to moderate respiratory symptoms in humans. Most people with common human coronavirus illness (i.e. the common cold) will recover on their own.
However, some coronaviruses have been known to cuase severe illness. Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not. It is not yet fully understood how easily the COVID-19 spreads between people.
The implementation of our enhanced health and safety protocols will reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus. It is important that everyone does their part to stay safe and healthy (both inside schools and in any public setting). The Ministry of Education has established COVID-19 outbreak protocols that we will be following in the event that someone feels sick and/or contacts the virus.
Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools
SGDSB's Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan
As indicated in the Operational Guidance document from the Ministry of Education regarding the COVID-19 Management in Schools, SGDSB will update this webpage daily regarding any confirmed cases of COVID-19.
SGDSB will not post specific schools, but for the entire board. In the interest of privacy, information provided to school communities will not identify the student or staff member that has received a positive COVID-19 test result.
When there is a case in an individual school, the families of students in that school will be notified directly. If the Thunder Bay District Health Unit advises that a class, cohort or school should be closed for a period of time, parents, students and staff will be notified immediately.
Notice of any closures of classes, cohorts or schools will be posted on the COVID Advisories page for parents and communities.
Trusted Sources of information can be found on the following websites:
Ontario Ministry of Health: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
Thunder Bay District Health Unit: www.tbdhu.com/coronavirus
Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Government of Canada Travel Advise and Advisory: www.travel.gc.ca
For more information about COVID-19, contact the Thunder Bay Distirct Health Unit directly on their website at www.tbdhu.com or by calling the TBDHS at (807) 626-5900 or 1 (888) 294-6630 OR call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 to access further information.
Communication from SGDSB
We are committed to providing staff and families with updates as we recieve new information and direction. View letters to families that have been provided by the Superior-Greenstone District School Board and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
September 30, 2020 - Positive Case Letter to Parents
August 27, 2020 - Letter to Parents from Minister of Education
July 30, 2020 - Letter to Parents from Minister of Education
June 8, 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians from Director of Education
May 22, 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians from Director of Education
May 19, 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians from the Minister of Education
April 28, 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians from the Minister of Education
April 3, 2020 - Letter to Parents from the Director of Education
March 31, 2020 - Letter to Parents from the Minister of Education
March 22, 2020 - Letter to Parents from the Minister of Education
March 20, 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions for Families
March 17, 2020 - Cancellation of Community Use of Schools Permits
March 13, 2020 - Notice to Parents/Guardians - School Closures
March 12, 2020 - Thunder Bay District Health Unit shares March Break Travel Considerations regarding COVID-19