Update on COVID-19 protocols

Posted On Monday September 27, 2021

Thames Valley is pleased to provide updated health and safety protocols on a NEW website page to help parents and guardians find the information they need – quickly and easily at www.tvdsb.ca/Familyupdates

How are decisions made about COVID-19 protocols  
The Ontario Ministry of Education is responsible for the administration of all publicly funded elementary and secondary education systems in the province. All school boards are legally required to follow memorandums and directives from the Ministry and requirements under the Education Act.

School Boards are also legally required to follow directives from the Ministry of Health, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local Public Health units.

School boards MUST follow and implement all directives from the Ministry and Public Health.?It is important to note that these directives may differ from those that apply to private businesses, post-secondary institutions, clubs, associations, or other organizations.

Public Health Units have made vaccinations available to all students 12 and older. While it is encouraged by the Board and public health officials, students are not required to be vaccinated to attend school.

All Thames Valley staff are required to declare their vaccination status. Any staff member who is not fully vaccinated must submit mandatory twice-weekly rapid antigen testing. 

As of September 17, 97 per cent of TVDSB staff have declared their vaccination status – 92 per cent of whom are fully or partially vaccinated. Statistics on staff vaccination status will be regularly updated and posted at this link: www.tvdsb.ca/attestation 

Masking requirements are determined by Public Health and the Ontario government. Thames Valley currently follows all requirements and guidelines for masking of students and staff. ?

Thames Valley believes in the importance of extracurricular activities for the health and well-being of students. All health and safety protocols that have been implemented to allow extracurricular activities are aligned with guidance from the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health. 

Note: Public health vaccination requirements for participation in extracurriculars at schools may differ from provincial protocols that apply to community recreation programs.

Finally, as the pandemic changes, so will Thames Valley’s health and safety protocols. We thank parents and guardians for their patience and their continued support while we, as a community, face conflicting viewpoints on the measures needed to keep our students and staff safe.


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