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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.

To learn more about COVID-19 testing in Ottawa, including who should and should not receive a test, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s website.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and rules for isolation after exposure:  

High Risk Contacts, Testing, and Frequently Asked Questions 

Isolation Determination Tool

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
  • Information about COVID-19 vaccines, and where eligible persons can go to receive a vaccination. 

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