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2021-22 School Year Information

2021-22 school year info

March 10, 2022

Dear parents and guardians,

Following direction from the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Rainy River District School Board is supporting a return to a more normal learning experience for students, effective March 21, 2022.

Upon return from the March Break (March 14-18), several health and safety protocols will be lifted:

Masking

  • Masks will no longer be required for students, staff and visitors in schools, the Education Centre and on student transportation.
  • Students and staff are welcome to continue wearing their masks at times, or consistently for the remainder of the school year.

However, as per the federal guidelines, upon return from international travel individuals must wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care) for the first 14 days in Canada.

Cohorting and distancing

  • Cohorting and distancing will no longer be required in schools.
  • Assigned seats and cohorting will no longer be required on student transportation.
  • Shared spaces, such as libraries, tech labs, theatres and music rooms will be fully utilized without distancing.

As limitations on in-person gatherings and assemblies will also be removed on March 21, schools can now plan and host in-person events (e.g., proms, graduation ceremonies, and assemblies).

Devices

Grade 1 to 6 students will no longer be required to bring their devices home each night, and the rocket hubs/devices are to be returned, unless your child is currently attending school remotely.   

Measures Remaining in Place

Health and safety protocols continuing include the promotion of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette throughout the school day and our enhanced cleaning protocols.   We have placed portable HEPA filtration units throughout our schools, as well as worked to upgrade ventilation and filtration.  Further upgrades are underway to optimize air quality.

To support our students and staff, Personal Protective Equipment such as masks will still be available, and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits will be distributed to staff and students who return from illness.  

Students, staff, and visitors are still required to self-screen each day, prior to coming to work or school.   As such, the provincial COVID-19 screen for schools has been updated with the following Case and Contact Management Guidance:

Asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts of a case or a symptomatic individual in the community are no longer required to isolate but must self-monitor for 10 days after the last exposure. During the self-monitoring period, close contacts must wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings, including schools and daycares, and avoid activities where they need to take off their mask (e.g., playing a wind instrument in music class or playing high-contact sports).

Asymptomatic household contacts of a case or a symptomatic individual are also not required to isolate if they are:

  • 17 or younger and fully vaccinated;
  • 18 and older and have already received their COVID-19 booster; or
  • tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and have completed their isolation period.

Asymptomatic household contacts who are not required to isolate are also required to self-monitor for 10 days following last exposure, which includes wearing a well-fitted mask in all public settings, including schools and daycares, and avoid activities where they need to take off their mask.

Please note, that children under 5 who are asymptomatic household contacts are required to isolate for 5 days.

In closing, I want to thank you for your patience, cooperation, and support over the past two years as we have worked to implement enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure safer schools and communities.  I wish all students and staff a safe and restful March Break.

Sincerely,
Heather Campbell
Director of Education


Previous communications
March 10, 2022
January 12, 2022

January 3, 2022
December 30, 2021
December 13, 2021
November 23, 2021
October 5, 2021
September 1, 2021
August 18, 2021
August 5, 2021
June 1, 2021


From the NWHU

February 2022 - Ontario School and Child Care Screening tool – Update Summary
January 18, 2022 - School and Childcare Frequently Asked Questions

November 1, 2021 - Joint letter from NWHU & School Boards
September 13 Letter for Parents
August 25, 2021 letter from Dr. Kit Young Hoon
Schools, Child Care Centres and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

From the Minister of Education
January 18, 2022
December 10, 2021
September 3, 2021

2021-22 calendar final


Covid-10 management plan
Please review our COVID-19 Management Plan. Note that plans can change in accordance with Ministry of Education and public health guidelines. Updated January 4, 2022

Reopening Plan
Reopening Plan January 2022 - Updated January 20, 2022

Mask information




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