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Parents & Community
COVID-19 Updates
Please monitor this page for ongoing updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact on Bluewater District School Board schools.  Information will be posted as it becomes available.  

March 18, 2020

March 17, 2020

As part of the plan in response to the emergence of COVID-19, the Ontario Ministry of Education has CANCELLED all Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments for the 2019-20 school year.  

This includes:
  • the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), scheduled to be written on March 31, 2020; also the ministry has waived the literacy requirement for graduation for those students who have met all Ontario diploma requirements, except the literacy requirement, and plan to graduate in the 2019-2020 school year

  • the Grade 9 mathematics assessment scheduled for June 2020

  • the Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) assessments scheduled to be written in May and June 2020

March 17, 2020

March 15, 2020

March 13, 2020

March 12, 2020

ALL Bluewater District School Board schools CLOSED March 14 to April 5, 2020

As announced today by the provincial government, all publicly funded schools in Ontario will close for two weeks following March Break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19.  Please view the Statement from Premier Ford, Minister Elliott, and Minister Lecce on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) by clicking here.

This means that ALL ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS in Bluewater District School Board will be CLOSED from March 14 to April 5, 2020.

ALL schools are open as usual tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020.  

Further information will be shared tomorrow with parents and board staff regarding the impact on programs and other worksites. In addition to SchoolMessenger updates, you are also encouraged to monitor our dedicated web page at, as well as our Bluewater District School Board Facebook and Twitter pages.

Important links

Ongoing media releases related to COVID-19 from the Ontario Ministry of Health are being posted here:

As COVID-19 evolves, the Ontario Ministry of Health is also providing updates twice daily with information on cases in the province, advice on precautionary measures, and information sheets through its dedicated web page: 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued public health guidance on the prevention and management of COVID-19 in schools and child care settings:

PHAC’s Travel Health Notices outline potential health risks to Canadian travellers and recommend ways to help reduce them. Particular attention should be paid to the travel advisories which offer guidance on the level of risk for travellers:

March 4, 2020


March 2, 2020

Bluewater District School Board continues to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Ontario Ministry of Health is taking several steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians.  These steps will ensure the health and safety of the students and staff of Bluewater District School Board.  In the event that the World Health Organization declares a COVID-19 pandemic, Bluewater District School Board has an up-to-date Pandemic Preparedness Plan which is available on the board website at the following link:

Grey Bruce Public Health continues to support local residents through providing up-to-date and credible information regarding COVID-19.  As the situation around the virus is changing, parents/guardians and students should stay up to date through trusted online sources, including the Ministry of Health website and the Grey Bruce Public Health webpage.

If you have a health concern or other question about the virus, please contact Grey Bruce Public Health.

February 4, 2020

January 28, 2020

January 27, 2020

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