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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates
Posted on 11/22/2020
Please monitor this page for ongoing updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact on Bluewater District School Board schools.  

Daily Epidemiologic Summary
The Ontario Ministry of Health provides a daily epidemiologic summary with provincial and regional data on confirmed cases of COVID-19, demographics, and trends of cases since the outbreak began, including geography, exposure, and severity.  The daily summary is based on data reported by the 34 public health units across Ontario, and recorded in the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) for disease reporting.  Click here for the daily update.

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November 27, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding inclement weather days


November 22, 2020

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is working with Bluewater District School Board to address a case of COVID-19 associated with a Hillcrest Elementary School student. Parents/guardians and staff of the school have been notified. The school will remain open. Public Health is the lead for managing all cases and will directly contact ONLY those who may have been exposed as identified through contact tracing.

CLICK HERE - Grey Bruce Public Health media release: COVID-19 Associated with School


November 14, 2020

CLICK HERE - Grey Bruce Public Health media release: COVID-19 Associated with School


November 3, 2020

CLICK HERE - Grey Bruce Public Health media release: COVID-19 Investigation


October 30, 2020

CLICK HERE - Grey Bruce Public Health media release: Students Cleared to Return to School


October 19, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding learning transitions in the event of a school/classroom/district closure


October 18, 2020

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is working with Bluewater District School Board to address cases of COVID-19 associated with students belonging to one household attending Osprey Central School. Parents/guardians and staff of the school have been notified. The school will remain open. Public Health is the lead for managing all cases and will directly contact ONLY those who may have been exposed as identified through contact tracing.

CLICK HERE - Grey Bruce Public Health media release: COVID-19 Associated with School Students


October 5, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to elementary parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding school reorganization


September 16, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding in-person/remote learning transition dates


August 26, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce


August 25, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to secondary parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding timetable change


August 19, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding staggered entry


August 17, 2020

CLICK HERE - Medical Officer of Health Open Letter to Parents and Guardians of School-Aged Children


August 7, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding return to school plans and pre-registration


July 30, 2020

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has announced Ontario's plan for returning to school in September.

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Wilder regarding the return to school

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce


July 2, 2020

Bluewater District School Board is seeking input from parents/guardians to better inform a plan that will best support their children as they return to school.  This information is essential to our understanding of how we may best welcome back our students in September.  The survey, which is anonymous and takes about five to 10 minutes to complete, will be available until July 10, 2020 at the following link:



June 26, 2020




June 23, 2020



June 19, 2020

In preparing to wrap up the 2019 – 2020 school year, this is to confirm that the last day of online learning for students will be Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Bluewater District School Board thanks parents/guardians and families for all their support, patience, and understanding over these past several months of learning from home, and hopes they are able to take some well-deserved time to relax and rejuvenate over the summer.

As always, parents/guardians are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher if they have any questions.


June 8, 2020

Bluewater District School Board Chair Jan Johnstone and Director of Education Alana Murray have issued the following letters of congratulations to this year's Grade 8 and secondary student graduates.  The letters also speak to the postponement of formal graduation ceremonies.




June 3, 2020

Ontario has released its new testing plan for COVID-19, which includes the availability of testing for anyone who would like to participate.



May 22, 2020

The Ministry of Education has released Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning, a plan to keep students safe and learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, including details on how the Ontario government will help support student learning now and in the summer, and work to reopen schools responsibly in the fall.  Public feedback is being encouraged.  Visit the following link to view the plan, and for details on sharing feedback:  

https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-framework-continued-learning


May 19, 2020

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will remain closed for the rest of the current school year due to the ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19.

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding school closures

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce


May 5, 2020


The Ministry of Education announced recently that all remaining professional activity and examination days for the 2019 – 2020 school year would be converted into instructional days.

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding secondary examinations


April 29, 2020

The Ontario School Boards' Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) is providing the following blog:  

CLICK HERE - Distance Learning and Cyberbullying during COVID-19


April 28, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce


April 27, 2020

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has announced that the current shutdown of all publicly funded schools in Ontario due to COVID-19 will be extended from the previous target date of May 4, 2020 until at least May 31, 2020.

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding extension of school closures


April 17, 2020

CLICK HERE - Director's Message to parent/guardians and families with latest update of continuous learning plan


March 31, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding next steps in continuous learning plan

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce



March 28, 2020

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, all Bluewater District School Board school outdoor playground structures are closed until further notice.  This means that no person is to come in contact with any of the structures, effective immediately.  


March 26, 2020

CLICK HERE - Media release from Grey Bruce Public Health: Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health orders international travelers to self-isolate, and strongly recommends against non-essential travel to and from Grey and Bruce Counties


March 24, 2020

CLICK HERE - Open letter to students, parents/guardians, and staff from Director Murray



March 22, 2020

The provincial government has launched a new online portal to assist families with student learning during the current closure of schools due to COVID-19.  Details are available in the provincial government’s media release.  A letter to parents/guardians has been issued from Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce with further information on the new online portal, and provincial planning that is happening to ensure student learning continues should the current school shutdown period extend beyond April 5, 2020.  Please read the letter below, in addition to the latest letter to parents/guardians from Bluewater District School Board Director of Education Alana Murray.

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding learning planning in Bluewater District School Board

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce


March 18, 2020

CLICK HERE - Media release from Grey Bruce Public Health regarding third case of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce


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

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding cancellation of secondary EQAO assessments

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding cancellation of elementary EQAO assessments



March 17, 2020

CLICK HERE - Media release from Grey Bruce Public Health regarding enhanced measures to limit spread of COVID-19

CLICK HERE - UPDATED school closures Q and A for parents/guardians


March 15, 2020


CLICK HERE - Media release from Grey Bruce Public Health regarding first two cases of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce


March 13, 2020

CLICK HERE - Letter to parents/guardians from Director Murray regarding closures in Bluewater District School Board from March 14 to April 5, 2020

CLICK HERE - School closures Q and A for parents/guardians


CLICK HERE - Media release from Grey Bruce Public Health on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce


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 COVID-19 Updates web page, as well as our Bluewater District School Board Facebook and Twitter pages.


March 4, 2020

CLICK HERE - Media release from Grey Bruce Public Health regarding escalated local response to safeguard the health of our communities


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:  http://www.bwdsb.on.ca/Parents/downloads/Pandemic_Preparedness_Plan.pdf

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



Important links


Ongoing media releases related to COVID-19 from the Ontario Ministry of Health are being posted here:   https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en  

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: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

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:  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/guidance-schools-childcare-programs.html 

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:  https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices



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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