For the past two years, the TDSB has prioritized the health and safety of students, staff and school communities. The TDSB takes its direction from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health, and now, as we move to a more sustainable, long-term approach to managing COVID-19, students and staff are encouraged to continue with the layers of protection that make them feel comfortable. Please remember to show respect for others and their individual choices based on their own assessment of risk.
We remain committed to supporting a healthy, safe and respectful environment for all students and staff. Let’s ensure that our schools continue to be welcoming and inclusive spaces for all, regardless of personal decisions related to COVID-19 health measures.
The most important step we can take to ensure the health and
safety of all community members is to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Below are links to additional information where you can learn more about the
vaccines to help you make an informed decision for your family.
TDSB schools will continue to be mask-friendly environments. Masks will still be available to both staff and students upon request. Classroom environments will be inclusive of all students.
Masks are encouraged in TDSB schools, though not required, except in the following circumstances:
- For days 6-10 after a self-isolation period of five days after a COVD-19 diagnosis. Learn more.
- If you are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Learn more.
- In public spaces, including schools and childcares, for the first 14 days following travel outside of Canada for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children under 11. Learn more.
Rapid Antigen Test supplies will continue to be provided to schools to support symptomatic testing.
Toronto Public Health has updated its screening for children/students/adults to align with the new direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health with respect to isolation guidelines and masking requirements following a COVID-19 diagnosis or identification of being a close contact. Please do a daily self-assessment with this screening tool before coming to school and follow the isolation guidelines and other requirements, such as masking, as necessary. On-site verification is no longer required.
- Every occupied classroom has an institutional-grade HEPA filter.
- Increasing ventilation in schools and classrooms with mechanical systems by adjusting the air exchanges and running them two hours before class and two hours after class.
- Increasing natural ventilation by opening windows for short periods of time.
- Reporting daily absences of staff and student and notifying Toronto Public Health when absences exceed 30%
- Sending notification letters home to school community when notified of a positive case (as
confirmed by a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test).
Practicing Proper Hygiene
- Posting visible signage about hand washing and proper respiratory etiquette.
- Building in hand washing time into daily routines, including after washroom use, recess and lunch breaks.
- Providing alcohol-based sanitizers throughout the school and at designated entry and exit points.
- Caretaking staff will perform routine cleaning of general facilities through the day and enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces such as light switches, handrails, door handles, etc.