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Update:  May 22, 2020

Superior-Greenstone District School Board was informed that the Minister of Education has issued a Ministerial Order to extend the closure of all publicly funded schools in Ontario until the end of June 2020, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

More detailed information from the Director of Education will be made available to families as soon as possible and will be posted here on our website.  At this time, we continue to encourage parents to adhere to the information provided by Public Health (please see our SGDSB website for links) and to observe travel advisories.  This situation continues to change at a rapid pace, and we encourage everyone to stay informed.   

To read the full press release from the Ministry, please visit https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/health-and-safety-top-priority-as-schools-remain-closed.html 


Video message to Families from the Director of Education, Nicole Morden Cormier

April 3, 2020


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.  

 

The health and safety of student and staff is always our top priority.  As with all public health matters, the Superior-Greenstone District School Board is working closely with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and other health agencies to monitor and address concerns regarding COVID-19.  The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is urging the public to protect themselves and others against illness-causing germs that spread through the respiratory route (coughing, sneezing) by:

  • Stay at home if ill; 
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, or use alchohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without having washed your hands
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces.

We will continue to monitor this situation and work with the Ministry of Education and provincial and local public health partners.  The safety of our students and staff is our foremost priority.  We will continue to communicate to our school communities as new information becomes available.


What will be CANCELLED or CLOSED March 14 - June 26, 2020:

  • All SGDSB elementary and secondary schools will be CLOSED.
  • All before & after school programs will be CANCELLED.
  • SGDSB Board Office & Learning Centre will be CLOSED.
  • All Community Use of Schools permits will be CANCELLED.

NOTE:  In order to protect our SGDSB office staff and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community, our SGDSB Board Office is CLOSED to public access.  Essential services will continue, but staff may be working remotely.  If you require immediate attention, please email boardoffice@sgdsb.on.ca 


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.  

 

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include:  fever, cough, and breathing difficulties.

The risk of sever disease may be highter in the elderly and in peole with weakened immune systems. 

If you traveled to any impacted areas recently and have developed these symptoms, you should avoid contact with others and follow-up with your health care professional immediatly. 

 

Trusted Sources of information can be found on the following websites:

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.