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COVID-19 Information

It takes a community to keep our schools safe. Together, we must all do our part to stay healthy - at school and beyond.

The Ministry of Education has established COVID-19 protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus in schools.

Ottawa Public Health is the lead health agency in Ottawa, responsible for managing COVID-19 cases, including providing guidance to schools on confirming and controlling outbreaks. The OCDSB supports Ottawa Public Health by helping communicate with the school community and assisting with the investigation of cases, contacts, and outbreaks.

Given the current demand for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa, OPH has provided the following  clarity on recommendations for who needs to be tested for COVID-19 in a school setting.

The current priority for testing at the Ottawa assessment centres includes:

  • Any person (adult or child) with COVID-19 like symptoms. Please see below for a full list of symptoms
  • Any person that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has identified as a high-risk contact. You would be notified that you are a high-risk contact by OPH through a phone call, email, or an automated message

To be clear, COVID-19 testing is currently NOT recommended for:

  • Individuals without symptoms, unless you have been identified as a high risk contact as above
  • Family members without symptoms, who have other family members that have symptoms
  • Family members without symptoms, who have other family members that are identified as a high-risk contact
  • Students and staff members in schools who don’t have symptoms and who have not been notified by OPH that they are high-risk contacts. 

Learn more here: 

For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, parents/guardians should consult the Ministry of Health’s website.

For further details please visit the Ottawa Public Health process for supporting schools during COVID-19.

The Ottawa Public Health website contains useful information for parents, students and staff, including:

  • Background on the role of Ottawa Public Health and and school boards
  • A COVID-19 screening tool for families (available in multiple languages)
  • School decision guides with a flowchart outlining the process Ottawa Public Health will lead in the event of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in schools
  • An example of letters Ottawa Public Health would share with families if your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or there is confirmed case in the school
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