On August 3, 2021, the Ministry of Education released its COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022), requiring masking for students in grades 1-12. At the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, students in grades kindergarten to grade 12 are required to wear masks. 

All OCDSB students in kindergarten through grade 12 are required to wear properly fitted non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes, as well as on school vehicles. Masks may be temporarily removed indoors to consume food or drink. Although not required, all students are strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors, especially when physical distancing cannot be safely maintained.

If students are able to bring these masks from home, please ensure they have them every school day.  We will have extra masks at each school in case a student needs a replacement mask. Students are encouraged to practice wearing masks and learn what type of mask is most comfortable for them. 

Students who are not able to put on or remove their own mask without assistance or who cannot tolerate the wearing of a mask due to a disability or other reason based on the Ontario Human Rights Code can seek accommodations from the school principal in accordance with these Guidelines.

Access the Request for Accommodation Related to Student Use of Masks form and learn more in the guidelines below.

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