Bluewater District School Board

Bluewater's 2022-23 Health and Safety Measures in Schools page

2022-23 Health and Safety Measures in Schools

2022-23 Health and Safety Measures in Schools
Posted on 08/29/2022
Please monitor this page for ongoing updates regarding health and safety measures in Bluewater District School Board schools for the 2022 - 2023 school year.  

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BWDSB UPDATES:

September 19, 2022

We hope the recent return to school was a successful one for all our students and families.

As we settle into our routines, we are sharing some important guidance from Grey Bruce Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, to support illness management in our schools.

To help keep our schools healthy and safe, students and staff are reminded to stay home if they feel sick.  It is also recommended that they continue to self-screen for symptoms of illness each day before attending school using the School and Child Care Screening Tool or downloadable versions.

Please note the following for anyone who is feeling sick, or has new or worsening symptoms of illness, including those not listed in the above screening tool:

• Individuals should stay home until their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours, or 48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea), and they do not have a fever.

• Individuals who have been symptomatic or tested positive should wear a mask in public settings, including schools, for a total of 10 days after the start of symptoms or the date of the positive test.  They should also avoid non-essential tasks where the mask is removed, such as playing instruments or high-contact sports.

• Individuals should seek assessment from their health care provider, if required.  The presence of symptoms, especially those that are respiratory, increases the risk of transmitting to others.

• If a student becomes ill while at school, staff will attempt to contact a parent/guardian to arrange pick-up.

For any students who have travelled outside of Canada, the Government of Canada travel website can be used to support decision making.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support in ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff.  As always, please feel free to reach out to the school if you have questions.


September 1, 2022


We are looking forward to welcoming all our new and returning students on the first day of school next Tuesday, September 6.

As we prepare for the start of the school year, we would like to share an update on our health and safety measures in schools for those returning to in-person learning activities.

To prevent the spread of illness, we will continue to strongly recommend that students, staff, and visitors self-screen daily for symptoms before coming to school using the School and Child Care Screening Tool.  As always, individuals should stay home if they are feeling unwell.

Students, staff, and visitors at school and on student transportation will be able to make their own decision on whether they want to wear a mask, and they are available for those who wish to wear them.  We are committed to promoting a respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environment for every individual who chooses to wear, or not to wear, a mask.

Rapid antigen tests will be available at school for those wishing to take a test kit home.

Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will continue to be promoted during the day with hand sanitizer available at key access points in the school.  Enhanced cleaning protocols in school and on buses will also remain in place, and ventilation best practices will be followed as guided by the province.

With the health and safety of students and staff as our priorities, Bluewater District School Board is working closely with local public health and following the guidance of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to stay informed of current data and trends.  We will update you throughout the school year on any new health and safety developments as necessary.

We are committed to supporting a mentally healthy return to school for students.  School Mental Health Ontario has created an excellent resource to support families.  Please click on this link for further information:

How to Support a Mentally Healthy Back to School for Your Child

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child's school. 
Bluewater District School Board is located on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
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