Return To School 2022/2023
For the 2022-23 school year, most health and safety requirements remain unchanged from the previous direction provided to school board partners at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
Hand Hygiene/ Respiratory Etiquette
Schools will continue to post and use hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette signage and will encourage regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer at multiple times throughout the day.
Masks will remain optional for students, staff and visitors in schools, school board offices, and on student transportation. Free high-quality masks for students and staff will be provided to those who request them. Schools will continue to promote respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environments for anyone who chooses to wear, or not to wear a mask within their school community.
We encourage daily screening for students, staff and visitors. Students, staff and visitors should not attend school if they are sick. Please refer to the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 school and child care screening tool. As well, schools have Rapid Antigen Test kits available for home use upon request.
School Ventilation and HEPA Filters
Additional HEPA units are provided in every kindergarten class, in all occupied learning spaces without mechanical ventilation.
The DSBN will continue to communicate ventilation measures through our DSBN Webpage and can be found here
Absence Reporting and Monitoring
Schools will monitor student and staff absences daily and will continue to collaborate with Niagara Region Public Health as needed.