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Return to School

The health, safety, and well-being of students and staff is a top priority for Bluewater District School Board.  As per provincial direction, Bluewater District School Board elementary and secondary schools reopened in September 2020 following a conventional full return model.  Our processes and strategies for returning to school were designed to maximize safety while supporting school operations and classroom learning.  We continue to follow the advice and guidelines of Grey Bruce Public Health to ensure that we have the most current and relevant information to support the health and safety of students and staff.


Screening Protocols

As per the guidance of Public Health, all Bluewater District School Board students, staff, and essential visitors must complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire daily at home and before leaving for the school/worksite.

The student screening questionnaire is found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.

Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms as per the screening questionnaire is to remain at home until either:

They had only one symptom that has resolved within a 24-hour observation period AND they passed the online screening tool (or paper version) for students or the online self-assessment tool for staff; OR

They were tested for COVID-19 AND they had a negative COVID-19 test after starting to feel sick AND have been symptom-free or symptoms have improved for 24 hours AND have not been told by the Grey Bruce Health Unit or a healthcare provider to continue to self-isolate for a total of 14 days because they were a close contact of a person with COVID-19; OR

They did not have a COVID-19 test but completed 14 days of self-isolation from the date they started to feel sick AND they passed the online screening tool (or paper version) for students or the online self-assessment tool for staff; OR they saw a doctor or nurse practitioner during the time since they were sent home or denied entry to school/work. The doctor or nurse practitioner has confirmed that another diagnosis (medical reason) other than COVID-19 explains their symptoms (why they were feeling sick).

When one of the above criteria has been met, the parent/guardian must complete the Attestation for Return to School Following Illness form.

If a student becomes ill during the school day, all siblings must self-monitor for 14 days, but may remain at school.

If a student is ill at home, all siblings must self-monitor for 14 days, but may attend school.

We hope that this clarifies the process for parents/guardians. If you have any questions, please call the school for further information.


Daily COVID-19 Screening

All Bluewater District School Board students, staff, and essential visitors must complete a COVID-19 screening daily before going to school. Please click on the buttons below for the screening tool:

Button that links to daily student screening tool  Button that links to daily staff/essential visitor screening tool  Button that links to daily emergency replacement staff screening tool


Protocols for Symptoms

Please click on the button below for the handout on what to do if parents/guardians are asked to pick their child(ren) up at school due to signs of COVID-19 related symptoms.

Button that links to parent/guardian handout on protocols for symptoms


Return to School Q and A

The following questions and answers help to outline the details of our return to school plan, which has been approved by the Ministry of Education.  

Please click on the buttons below to view our Q and A, which has been separated into two sections for "School Operations" and "Program and Instruction".  Additional information will be posted here regularly as new details emerge in our planning:

Button that links to School Operations Q and A

Button that links to Program and Instruction Q and A

Grey Bruce Public Health has also developed the following resource: Return to School FAQ for Parents and Guardians


Video Resources

To help students and families prepare for the many changes with our return to school, we developed the following video, "Welcome Back - A Guide to Return to School in Bluewater District School Board".  Thanks to the staff who collaborated to develop this visual overview, and our elementary and secondary students who volunteered to support their fellow students.




On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Bluewater District School Board staff were invited to attend a virtual session with special guest Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health from Grey Bruce Public Health.  Dr. Arra answered several questions submitted by staff related to the safe reopening of our schools. We are pleased to be able to share the video recording of the session with our families:





Mental Health and Well-Being


The mental health and well-being of students during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a priority in Bluewater District School Board.  Please click on the button below to view some recommended resources for parents/guardians and families in supporting their children at this critical time:

Button that links to Mental Health and Well-Being web page


Other useful links and resources

Government of Ontario:



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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