COVID-19 Information

For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, parents/guardians should consult the Ministry of Health’s website.

If you require more information, please contact your local health unit. In London and Middlesex County, contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317. In St. Thomas, Oxford and Elgin Counties, contact Southwest Public Health at 1-800-922-0096 

 April 2020 Updates
Update #17 - April 1, 2020 - Letter to Parents/Guardians from the Minister of Education

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including the Thames Valley District School Board, will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020.

The government also said that as we approach these dates, the decision will be revaluated and that the closure may be extended based on direction from public health.

For more on today’s announcement, please read Minister of Education Stephen Lecce’s letter to parents and guardians. (Letter from the Minister in French.)

TVDSB staff are working hard to establish access to learning at home for teachers and students and we ask for your continued patience while we work through the challenges around supporting all students at this time. Please continue to monitor www.tvdsb.ca/covid19updates and TVDSB social media channels for information and updates.

 Thank you

Update # 16 - April 1, 2020: Learn at Home - Update for Thames Valley families

The Ontario government yesterday announced the extension of province-wide school closures until May 4 as part of ongoing measures to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The province also provided school boards with guidelines to ensure students will continue to learn while in-school classes are suspended. Overall, the goal is to ensure all students successfully complete the school year and advance to the next school year, earn credits and to graduate.

At Thames Valley, we are committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn.

While Principals and teachers will be reaching out to parents /guardians with more details in the coming days and weeks, the following is important information for Thames Valley families:

Teacher-student engagement

  • Some teachers and students will use online, web-based platforms such as Brightspace and Google Classroom. (Information about how families can access online platforms can be found on the Board’s Learn at Home website at  www/tvdsb.ca/covid19updates)
  • Brightspace was recently endorsed by Thames Valley as its primary online teaching platform and many staff already use these platforms as part of their classroom activities.
  • Teacher engagement may vary depending on circumstances and could include a range of methods, such as: telephone contact, contact by mail and the delivery of printed curriculum packages, based on the specific needs of students.

Grades and expectations

Grades Kindergarten to Grade 3

  • 5 hours of work per student per week
  • Focus: Literacy and math

Grades 4 to 6

  • 5 hours of work per student per week
  • Focus: Literacy and math + science and social studies

Grades 7 to 8

  • 10 hours of work per student per week
  • Focus: Core math, literacy, science and social studies

Grades 9 to 12

  • 3 hours of work per course per week for semestered students; 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students
  • Focus: Achieving credits/completion/graduation

*Hours refer to the approximate amount of time students would spend on the work assigned by teachers.  

Report Cards

  • Final report cards will be issued, including the Kindergarten Communication of Learning, for all students.  
  • Mid-year report cards for non-graduating secondary students is suspended for this school year.

Graduating Students

  • Teachers are expected to provide marks for graduating students in time to meet admission requirements for post-secondary education.  
  • Final report cards with marks will also be issued.  
  • Graduating students should not have their graduation or progression impacted by the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. No student’s graduation or transition to post-secondary will be jeopardized as a result of the school closure period.

Community involvement hours

  • The graduation requirement to complete 40 hours of community involvement is suspended for this school year. 

Secondary literacy test 

  • The graduation requirement to successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is cancelled and has been waived for graduating students. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the test in the upcoming 2020-21 school year. 

Access to Technology

  • Thames Valley has launched a survey for families who do not have computing devices in their home and plans are in place to provide school laptops, Chromebooks and/or tablets to families in need. 
  • Parents who completed a questionnaire on the Parent Portal will be contacted by their child’s Principal beginning Monday, April 6 to arrange curbside pickup from the school at a later time.

Parent Engagement

  • Recognizing the primary role that parents play in their child’s education, teachers, support workers, and Board staff are expected to remain in regular contact with parents about student learning and academic progression during this period, as needed.
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher to discuss student learning

Support for Students with Special Education Needs

  • Thames Valley is committed to supporting the needs of students with special education needs.
  • Principals will be contacting parents/guardians to make arrangements to obtain SEA devices from schools if such devices are not available in the home.
  • Parents will be contacted soon with more information about continued access to the curriculum for students with special education needs. 

Mental Health and Professional Supports for Students

  • Psychology and social work staff will continue to reach out to families and remain available to students to support them during this difficult time. 
  • We remind students and families to access Kids Help Phone, providing 24/7 counselling and information at 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

Co-operative Education

  • For students enrolled in Cooperative Education courses which involve a classroom component and a community placement component, their in-person community placements will be suspended. 
  • Teachers will provide students with more information soon about how students can modify their co-op Learning Plans to work through the curriculum expectations. Where feasible, these learners may be able to connect virtually with industry partners on career exploration activities, and experiential learning opportunities. 
 March 2020 Updates
Update #15 - March 31, 2020 - Schools to be closed until May 4

The Government of Ontario today ordered all public schools to remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020.

In addition, the province announced the second phase of Learn at Home to support continuity of learning for students. This second phase includes a new set of expectations for the education community, including reconnecting students with teachers and other school staff, including mental health workers.

The province’s announcement may be found at this link.

The Ministry of Education also stated: “as these dates come closer, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice. The closure may be extended if necessary to protect the health and safety of students, families and staff.” 

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is Thames Valley’s highest priority. The Board encourages students, parent/guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and Thames Valley websites and social media for further updates and information. 

Update #14 - March 30, 2020 - Thames Valley to offer devices to families in need

During the provincially ordered school closure period, the Ontario Ministry of Education has asked school boards to develop plans and explore ways to provide students with access to computing devices and the Internet.   

As we wait for direction from the Ministry on teaching and learning during this period, we would like to gather information from Thames Valley parents and guardians about student access to computers and the Internet at home. 

If families do not have and require a device (e.g., computer, laptop, Chromebook or tablet) for students to participate in online learning, they are asked to go into the parent portal  (http://www.tvdsb.ca/parentportal) and select Technology Needs Questionnaire. Please answer the questionnaire by 12:00 pm on Thursday April 2, 2020.

It is important to note that the number of devices is limited. Please only request a device if your family does not have access to a computing device (e.g., computer, laptop, Chromebook or tablet) at home. A maximum of one device per family per school may be possible, depending on availability. 

The information you provide will help us explore ways to support student learning across Thames Valley. More information about the timelines for the sharing of devices will be available in the near future. 

If families are not able to complete the Technology Needs form electronically, they may call their school and leave a detailed voice mail indicating the family’s need for a device In this voice mail, please share that you are calling to indicate your need for a device and provide Parent Name, Names of student(s) who attend the school, and whether or not you have internet access at home. 

Update #13 - March 23, 2020 - Learn at Home

We continue to keep our students, staff and families as informed as possible during the provincially-ordered school closure.

It is always a good idea for students to practice their skills and what they've learned. To help with this, the Ministry of Education launched the first phase of its Learn at Home online portal. The portal includes supplementary resources elementary and secondary students can use to practice and learn math and literacy skills at home. The Ministry is also working with TVO and TFO to roll-out education programming on their broadcast channels, with a phased-in approach that is set to start next week.

The Ministry has said that these resources do not replace learning at school, but are intended to help mitigate learning loss during the COVID-19 shutdown period. Resources during this period are available through the Ministry, who has also indicated that they will launch phase two of their Learn at Home online portal beyond April 5. 

In addition, the Ministry has asked school boards to use the shutdown period to develop plans to re-establish the delivery of curriculum, and to explore ways to provide students with access to devices and Wifi. We continue to await direction from the Ministry around expectations for our employees during this period.

In creating our plan, we will collaborate with administrators, educators, and union and federation partners to explore a range of ways that educators will be able to reach students during the shutdown. Online learning environments, like Brightspace, will be considered, but we will also explore ways to deliver the curriculum outside of the Internet.

Like you, we have serious concerns about equity of access to technology and Wifi, as well as worries about how all students, including those with English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education needs, will be supported. We will be working diligently to support student learning during the closure and are committed to sharing strategies and resources with staff, students and parents.

As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation for families, staff, communities and Thames Valley District School Board. For the next two weeks, we are in a period of closure and during that period, schools are not open. This allows for a thorough sanitizing of our schools and buildings so that we can be ready for reopening, when that occurs.

We thank the entire Thames Valley District School Board community for their patience and understanding as we navigate this together.

 

Update #12 - March 23, 2020 - Education Minister's Letter to Parents/Guardians 

Dear Ontario parents,

I am writing to you in unprecedented times.

The foremost priority of the government is to keep all Ontarians safe, including our students and educators. Working with our partners and all levels of government, we will do whatever it takes to deliver on this imperative.

Since we first learned of COVID-19, Ontario has been diligently monitoring the developing situation to protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians. We have also taken decisive action to ensure the province is positioned to be ready for any scenario.

That is why on March 12, 2020, based on the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, I issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly-funded schools in the province until April 6, 2020. Our government took decisive action — one of the first jurisdictions in the industrialized world to have closed schools — with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

We are also the first province in Canada to declare a state of emergency. This declaration under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act enhances the province’s ability to support our heroic frontline workers as they continue to confront this challenge fully.

While this period is marked by uncertainty, I hope that this letter can, in some part, provide answers to some of the questions I know many parents have.

Although this virus has been characterized and spoken about largely in terms of physical impacts, I believe we need to acknowledge and respond to the sense of fear and concern that your children may be feeling, especially for our younger learners. We have heard from many of them and their parents directly that these reactions come from a place of uncertainty and heightened media exposure that leads to more questions than answers.

During this time, I encourage you to continue to have open conversations with your children about COVID-19 and acknowledge that their reactions to this period — however emotional — are understandable and normal. There are many resources available to you and your children, notably Kids Help Phone, which is Canada’s only 24/7 national support service.

They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Please visit their website: www.kidshelpphone.ca, call: 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

While the health and safety of your children is my priority, I also know many of you are wondering how we will ensure students continue their journey of learning while out of the classroom.

As a first step to ensure the continued learning of your children, our government has launched an online portal dedicated to curating and providing access to a wide variety of educational resources, for all students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

This online portal, which is available at Ontario.ca/learnathome, enables students at every grade level to continue learning while away from school. These resources are developed by Ontario educators, and resources for all grades are informed by leading instructional guidance. For those students who are in secondary school, we are providing access to online courses directly based on Ontario curricula.

Although publicly funded schools are ordered closed until April 6, the fluidity of developments around COVID-19 means we are preparing in the event the closure period is further extended.

Specifically, we are working to ensure that students will be able to continue their coursework and credit accumulation, even when we aren’t able to be in a classroom setting. Ontario is a leading jurisdiction in the availability and richness of online courses, so we will be continuing to leverage these tools and other resources to promote students’ learning and development. We are working with school boards to ensure students that currently do not have access to computers gain the technology needed to participate.

We know for those with children in a graduating year, there may be uncertainty about whether these students will be able to graduate. We want to make this clear: no graduating student will have their ability to graduate impacted by the two-week closure and the COVID- 19 developments. For example, I have cancelled EQAO assessments for this school year. I have also approved a change in graduation requirements so the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is not a barrier for students on track to graduate. We are also working with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to ensure students can apply to post-secondary education (including Apprenticeship, College and University), regardless of the situation this semester.

In this time, it is more important than ever that we take every precaution to ensure that, when students return to class, they return to a safe and healthy learning environment.

The Ministry of Education is providing all school boards with access to funding for the deep cleaning of school facilities, childcare centres, and school buses. Following the closure period, we will minimize any risks to students, learners and our educators.

And for those of you who are returning from travel outside of Canada, it is critical that you follow the strong recommendations of Dr. Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and self-isolate for 14 days when you and your family return. This means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to members of your family who may not have travelled with you or to your community.

If you think you or a family member have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, in addition to self-isolation, please take the self- assessment test on ontario.ca/coronavirus to help determine how to seek further care. This site will also provide you with all the information you need to keep you and your family healthy and safe.

The Government of Ontario is committed to ensuring all Ontarians remain safe and secure during the challenging time. As the Minister of Education, I assure you I will make decisions based on scientific facts, the best advice of public health professionals, and always with the health and safety of your child at the top of mind.

While our work continues, we will continue to keep you informed along the way. Stay safe

The Honourable Stephen Lecce
Minister of Education

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Update #11 - March 23, 2020 - Local Public Health Letter to Thames Valley Parent/Guardians 

What to know right now about COVID-19

Information for Thames Valley District School Board families about novel coronavirus

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (serving the City of London and Middlesex County) and Southwestern Public Health (serving Oxford and Elgin Counties and the City of St. Thomas) are working with our municipal leaders, community stakeholders, hospitals, public health partners, and the provincial and federal governments to monitor and respond to the developing COVID-19 situation. 

We know there has been an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 locally and around the world. With March Break coming to an end, many families are wondering what to do since returning from abroad. The Government of Canada regularly updates its list of travel advisories on its website: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

What should I do if I have recently travelled and feel unwell?

If you or your child have recently travelled, the Government of Canada is advising ALL travellers returning to Canada from abroad (i.e. anywhere outside of Canada) since Friday, March 13th to self- isolate for 14 days, whether you have symptoms or not. If you have symptoms (i.e. fever, new cough) please:

• Complete the self-assessment screening tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0

• Call Telehealth Ontario for a phone assessment at1-866-797-0000

If it is necessary to visit your healthcare provider, please call ahead to let the doctor’s office know about your travel history and symptoms. This will give them time to prepare to see you quickly and use proper infection control. 

What to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

The following actions are recommended to not only help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, but also many other respiratoryillnesses:

• Do your best to practice physical distancing by staying six feet away fromothers.

• Avoid all non-essential gatherings of anysize.

• Stay home from work and other activities if you aresick.

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a waterless hand sanitizer with at least 70 percent alcoholcontent.

• Cover coughs and/or sneezes with your sleeve or cough into yourelbow.

• Clean high-touch areas, such as doorknobs in public spaces,frequently. 

Masks are not helpful for people who are NOT sick and they may provide a false sense of security. When masks are worn by people who ARE sick, they help prevent the spread of viruses, so please save masks for the people who need them. 

How can I stay informed?

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (www.healthunit.com) and Southwestern Public Health (https://www.swpublichealth.ca) update their websites with the latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) regularly. Information about any confirmed cases in our region will be posted to our websites and shared through social media channels, as well as with our media and healthcare partners. 

Yours truly,

 

Dr. Joyce Lock
Medical Officer of Health
Southwestern Public Health
www.swpublichealth.ca

Dr. Christopher Mackie
Medical Officer of Health/CEO
Middlesex-London Health Unit

www.healthunit.com

 

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Update #10 - March 19, 2020 - Continuity of Learning, Assessments and Meetings

We are working to keep our students, staff and families as up-to-date as possible during the provincially-ordered school closure over the next two weeks. For so many reasons, this is a complicated and challenging time for all of our communities. The COVID-19 situation and information continues to change rapidly, however, the health, safety and well-being of students and staff is Thames Valley’s highest priority. We continue to receive advice from our Public Health agencies and direction from the Ministry of Education related to COVID-19.

We have been receiving many questions around the continuity of learning for our students during the closure period. We have been in consultation with the Ministry of Education who will be providing some direction and we hope to be able to send an update to our families shortly.

As announced on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is administered to all students across the province, is cancelled and has been waived for graduating students who do not yet have the literacy requirement. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year. In addition, all EQAO assessments previously scheduled for the 2019-20 school year are cancelled.

Legislation is pending for all Board and Committee meetings to move to a virtual platform to continue the progress and work of teams such as the Special Education Advisory Committee, while honouring social distancing requirements.

The Board encourages students, parents/guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and Thames Valley websites and social media for further updates and information.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and commitment to the health and safety of our students and staff.

Update #9 - March 17, 2020 - Provincial Assessments and Continuity of Learning

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is Thames Valley’s highest priority. We continue to receive advice from our Public Health agencies and direction from the Ministry of Education related to COVID-19. 

Provincial Assessments

Effective today, March 17, 2020, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is administered to all students across the province, is cancelled and has been waived for graduating students who do not yet have the literacy requirement. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

In addition, all EQAO assessments previously scheduled for the 2019-20 school year are cancelled. We greatly appreciate the work staff has done to prepare students for these assessments.

Continuity of Learning

The Ministry of Education is working on plans to support the continuity of learning during the closure period. The Ministry expects to launch a website this week with a single point of access to online learning opportunities. TVDSB will share this information with students and families when this is operational.

The Board encourages students, parents/guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and Thames Valley websites and social media for further updates and information.

 

Update #8 - March 15, 2020 - eLearning Students and eLearning Teachers

An important message for all eLearning Students and eLearning Teachers - Schools across the province will be closed from March 14th – April 5th, 2020. During this closure, there is no expectation that you must complete course work or progress in the course.

However, you may wish to use this time to catch-up on any outstanding assignments. You will continue to have access to your courses. Once school resumes, timelines will be adjusted accordingly and we will communicate our next-steps with respect to the remainder of eLearning courses.

Update #7 - March 13, 2020 - Provincially Mandated School Closure

Following yesterday’s announcement that Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020, Thames Valley District School Board buildings will be closed to the public during this period. Thames Valley will be operating with minimal essential operational staff only, such as senior administration, communications, human resources, maintenance and custodial, accounting and payroll.

  • CLOSED: All Child Care Centres in TVDSB schools, including March Break camps
  • CLOSED: Alternative, Adult and Continuing Education
  • CLOSED: All EarlyON Child and Family Centres and London Family Centres
  • CLOSED: One World International Welcome Centre
  • CANCELLED: All Community Use of Facility permits, including the weekend of March 14 and 15, including the evening of March 13
  • CANCELLED: All international field trips are cancelled for the remainder of the school year, and out of province trips are cancelled until the end of April
  • CANCELLED: Dual Credit programs and all Co-op placements are cancelled until April 5
  • CANCELLED: All athletic and artistic competitions and practices are cancelled until April 5

Read the Government’s full announcement.

Travel: if students or staff are travelling outside of the province during the March Break, they are expected to follow local health unit, provincial and federal guidelines before returning to childcare, schools and TVDSB workplaces. Please note that the guidelines are quickly evolving.

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is Thames Valley’s highest priority. The Board encourages students, parent/guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and Thames Valley websites and social media for further updates and information.

Update #6 - March 12, 2020 - Schools closed March 15 through to April 5

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020, according to an announcement made today (Thursday, March 12) at 3:55 p.m. by Premier Doug Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott and Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

"The health and well-being of Ontarians is our government's number one priority,” says the statement, adding: “We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on families, students, schools, as well as the broader community, but this precaution is necessary to keep people safe.

The announcement may been found at this link

Schools will be open tomorrow, Friday, March 13. 

The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is Thames Valley’s highest priority. The Board encourages students, parent/guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and Thames Valley websites and social media for further updates and information.  

The closures announced by the Government today will impact Thames Valley schools only. Administration offices will remain open.

Update #5 - March 8, 2020 - Letter to Families and Staff

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians and Thames Valley District School Board Staff,

 

We have been sharing public health updates to our families and staff on the COVID-19 virus. We recognize that families continue to feel anxiety about this illness. It is important to note that our public health authorities continue to assure us that the risk of infection in our region remains low.

Our local health units continue to provide updated information and we encourage all parents/guardians and staff to continue to monitor public health websites.

As March Break approaches, anxiety around travel increases. At this time, if you are traveling outside of Canada, please monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after returning to Canada. If you have symptoms, please call your family doctor or TeleHealth and they will provide advice on what to do.

Families are encouraged to continue reinforcing important preventative measures during cold and influenza seasons, including:

  • washing your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; 
  • covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or flexed elbow if you don’t have a tissue; 
  • cleaning high-touch surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes; and 
  • if you develop a fever and cough, stay at home until you’ve fully recovered 

In addition, Thames Valley District School Board will be taking the following proactive measures in all schools and work sites:

  • cleaning routines will be adjusted to ensure that all touch points (i.e. handrails, door
  • handles, crash bars, desktops, etc.) are cleaned and sanitized with greater frequency; and
  • custodial staff will take extra care to ensure regular replenishing of foaming hand soap, hand sanitizer, and paper products in our schools.

Thames Valley District School Board is proud of our diverse community. We know that concerns about this virus can create feelings of anxiety and concern for our families. As a caring and inclusive community, we want to ensure that we are getting information from accurate sources to avoid discrimination and racism in our schools and workplaces as a result of this virus.

For more information about COVID-19, Thames Valley District School Board families may contact Southwestern Public HealthMiddlesex London Health Unit, talk to your doctor or call TeleHealth at 1-866-797-0000.

We will continue to work with public health authorities and remain committed to sharing information with staff and families. Thank you for your support as we work to minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Fisher

Director of Education

 

More information: 
Ontario Ministry of Health

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory

How to Self-Monitor

How to Self-Isolate

How to Handwash

 February 2020 Updates
Update #4 - February 28, 2020 - Precaution Recommendation by Public Health Officials

Thames Valley continues to work closely with public health officials to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)situation and is committed to providing school communities with the latest information at www.tvdsb.ca/coronavirus

Please be assured that student and staff health and safety is Thames Valley’s highest priority and the Board will continue to take direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities. At this time, school boards have been advised that additional protocols at schools are not necessary and that risk to Thames Valley communities remains low. 

Thames Valley urges parents/guardians to follow the precautions recommended by public health officials:

  • if you or your family members are ill, stay home;
  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; 
  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; 
  • if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; 
  • clean high-touch surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes.

For the most up-to-date information about Coronavirus, parents/guardians should consult the Ontario Ministry of Health’s website at this address: https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.

If you require more information, please contact your local health unit. In London and Middlesex County, contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317. In St. Thomas, Oxford and Elgin Counties, contact Southwest Public Health at 1-800-922-0096

Update #3 - February 14, 2020 - Public Health Announcement - Province's Third COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Case

Thames Valley District School Board continues to monitor the ongoing situation with Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and takes its direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities. At this time, school boards have not been directed to take any specific action.

Today, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed that the province's third case of the 2019 novel coronavirus is now resolved and the individual is no longer infectious.

  • The Canadian government has issued an advisory to avoid all non-essential travel to China, and to avoid all travel to Hubei province.
  • There has been an increase in travel restrictions for a number of other international locations, which mainly impact travellers who have recently visited China, but can affect all travellers. Consequently, travellers should anticipate heightened screening measures and related disruption at international and country/territory borders even if travellers have not visited China recently.
  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit has issued an important directive for travellers returning to Canada from Hubei province and other areas of mainland China that in some cases requires self-isolation for up to 14 days.
  • growing list of airlines has suspended flights to and from China.

Health officials confirm that there is a low risk of exposure to Thames Valley communities and continue to advise the public to take normal precautions in order to protect themselves against common respiratory ailments.

These precautions include:

  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; 
  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; 
  • if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; 
  • clean high-touch surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes; and 
  • if you or your family members are ill, stay home. 

In Thames Valley, we strive to ensure that our learning and working environments are safe, equitable, and free from discrimination for all students, staff and families. During times of uncertainty, it becomes even more important for us to come together as Canadians and uphold the equitable and inclusive values that we all share.

We are working closely with public health officials to monitor the situation and we commit to providing our communities with up-to-date information at www.tvdsb.ca/coronavirus

For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, parents/guardians should consult the Ministry of Health’s website at this address: https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.

If you require more information, please contact your local health unit. In London and Middlesex County, contact the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317. In St. Thomas, Oxford and Elgin Counties, contact Southwest Public Health at 1-800-922-0096

January 2020 Updates
Update #2 - January 31, 2020 - Public Health Announcement - Western University Student

Thames Valley has been advised today that a Western University student living in London is confirmed to have Novel Coronavirus. Officials said the woman had limited exposure to other people since returning from China and has since been in isolation, except for time spent in the hospital. The woman’s recovery was quick and she has fully recovered.

Western said “the student took great care in terms of self-isolation and treatment, and has not been on campus.”

At a news conference today, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams took time to reassure the public of the low risk to residents across the province. 

I want to re-emphasize that the risk to Ontarians remains low,” said Williams. “It is clear that we are learning more and more about the coronavirus each day, and our testing procedures are evolving and getting more and more precise, which is good news for everyone throughout Ontario and Canada.”

School boards have not been directed to take any action at this time. Public health officials continue to advise the public to take normal precautions to protect themselves against common respiratory ailments such as the flu. 

Those precautions include: 

  • get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only); 
  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; 
  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; 
  • if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; 
  • clean high-touch surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes; and 
  • if you or your family members are ill, stay home. 
Update #1 - January 29, 2020 - Initial COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Announcement

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Public health officials have indicated there are no cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) currently under investigation in the Thames Valley region. School boards have not been directed to take any action at this time.

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and include a range of illnesses that can cause mild, moderate or, in some people, severe respiratory illness. 

A small number of cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus have been reported at the same time that influenza (also known as the flu) and many other respiratory viruses are circulating in Ontario, which is common at this time of the year. 

Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health has advised that the precautions you and your family normally use to protect yourselves against common respiratory ailments can also be used to help protect against coronaviruses, including 2019-nCoV. 

Those precautions include: 

  • get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies (for flu only); 
  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; 
  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; 
  • if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; 
  • clean high-touch surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes; and 
  • if you or your family members are ill, stay home. 

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