The health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority. The Superior-Greenstone District School Board continues to work 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.
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.
As indicated in the Operational Guidance document from the Ministry of Education regarding the COVID-19 Management in Schools, SGDSB will update the COVID-19 Advisories webpage daily regarding any confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst our staff or students. 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.
The Superior-Greenstone District School Board's priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff, particularly as we prepare for the return to school after a period of provincial closure. We look forward to the start of the new school semester and we know that the first day of school will be filled with excitement and that there may also be some anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the length of time since students have been in school.
We want the return to school to be safe and successful for everyone. We are following the directions of the Ministry of Education and we will continue collaboration with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to ensure that our schools and workplaces are safe. We will be focusing on mental health and well-being strategies to support educator's and student's return to school. This webpage will outline important information for students, parents and guardians about what a school day will look like, our health and safety protocols, well-being resources and more.
School Day Model
As per the requirements of the Ministry of Education, students of Superior-Greenstone District School Board will begin the school year following a Conventional Model (Normal School Day Routine) with enhanced public health protocols.
- Will be a "layered" approach to safety, including multiple measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, including decreasing the number of interactions with others and increasing the safety of interactions.
- Training for all staff and students.
- Signage on walls and floors will be provided as visual reminders for students.
- Students and staff will be required to engage in daily screening. Families will be supported in completing this daily screening.
- Hand hygiene routines and procedures will be scheduled throughout the day.
- The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required as appropriate (see Fact Sheet: Personal Protective Equipment (.PDF) for further details).
- Healthy environments will be maintained, including environmental cleaning and physical distancing.
- Healthy operations will be maintained, including mitigating risks for students at higher risk of infection, protecting staff and at-risk persons or families, daily screening, and the management of cases and outbreaks.
Elementary Schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8)
Elementary schools will reopen with conventional in-person delivery of teaching and instruction, with enhanced health and safety protocols. Elementary students will attend school five days per week, with students grouped together in a cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch. The full range of elementary curriculum will be provided. Although it is our hope to return as many students to face to face learning as possible, there will be some families who continue to be affected by COVID-19, and options for programming will be available for those families through home school educator teams. Elementary student not attending in-person learning will be able to continue learning from home using a blended model. Those who have requested remote learning will be programmed for on a case by case basis in conjunction with the school Principal, Teacher, Parent, Student, and any other staff or support persons necessary. For complete details, please read the Elementary School Fact Sheet (.PDF)
Secondary Schools (Grade 9-12)
Secondary schools will reopen with a conventional, in-person, five days per week schedule with enhanced health and safety protocols. The high school will be adopting a timetabling method that emphasizes cohorting of student as much as possible to limit the number of student-to-student contacts. Although it is our hope to return as many students to face to face learning as possible, there will be some families who continue to be affected by COVID-19, and options for programming will be available for those families through home school educator teams. Secondary students not attending in-person learning will be able to access learning using e-learning courses or video conference courses. Those who have requested remote learning will be programmed for on a case by case basis in conjunction with the home school team. For complete details, please read the Secondary School Fact Sheet (.PDF)
The Fact Sheets have been designed to provide information for school communities considering the changes required by COVID-19. For any questions, concerns, or accommodations, please contact the Principal of your child's school.
Trusted Sources of information can be found on the following websites:
Public Health Ontario: www.publichealthontario.ca
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