Schools remain open and safe places to learn

Posted On Wednesday April 07, 2021

Thames Valley schools will remain open and committed to providing safe places for in-person learning during the provincial four-week stay-at-home order, effective Thursday, April 8, to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

“At this time, our local public health units support schools remaining open because we continue to have very low school-based transmission of COVID-19. The data demonstrates that our schools are safe,” said Mark Fisher, Director of Education. 

Director Fisher said he is pleased with the Government’s commitment today to provide vaccinations for all Special Education staff, with eligibility for all school staff coming soon.

“Our collective commitment to health and safety keeps our schools open, where students are better supported from the perspective of their mental health and well-being,” added Director Fisher, who is in regular contact with the Medical Officers of Health for the school district. 

As always, students and staff are expected to comply with current measures that include handwashing, physical distancing and wearing masks.

The Board thanks staff for following health and safety protocols, and parents and guardians who are actively screening their children before sending them to school. 

While schools will remain open, the Board may make the difficult decision in collaboration with public health units to close an individual school where multiple classrooms, students and staff are impacted by COVID-19.

We understand that this is a challenging time for families and staff and TVDSB is available to provide support. For mental health and well-being resources, please visit www.tvdsb.ca/mentalhealth.

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