Safety Measures in School

We would like to share some information and updates with you.  We encourage you to check our website regularly and monitor your email, including your junk mail, for any updated information.  

Update on School Screening Effective February 18, 2021

Single-symptom screening

Staff or students with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

• They receive a negative COVID-19 test result;

• They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional; or

• It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

 Isolation requirement for household contacts of symptomatic individuals

All asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine, until the symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result or an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. If the symptomatic individual does not seek COVID-19 testing, all household contacts must quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with that symptomatic individual.

To access the DCDSB's COVID-19 Updates webpage, click here. 

Format for Classes

All Adult Day school credit courses will be offered as a combination of in-school and online learning.   Students will attend campus on their scheduled day and time receive teacher-led instruction and have opportunities for additional support.    

You can email cont.ed@dcdsb.ca or call Oshawa 905-438-0570 or Ajax 905-683-7713 if you are unsure when to attend or how to reach your teacher.

Students must ensure that the main office has your updated cell phone and email address so that Continuing Education can communicate with you.  Email this information to cont.ed@dcdsb.ca and in your email identify your name, contact information and if you are attending the Oshawa or Ajax Campus.

Please note that visitors are not permitted at the school unless they have booked an appointment with the main office or with a teacher.

Health and Safety Information

The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority and we are actively working with Durham Region’s Health Department to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school.  The following are some of the actions we are taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our school:

  • enhanced cleaning and air ventilation in the school.
  • signage and reminders to physically distance and wash your hands
  • reducing the number of contacts among individuals in the school, including students, staff, and others.
  • visitors (eg. parents, guardians and community members) only allowed in the school by appointment.
  • Should a student or staff member exhibit symptoms, the school will work with the public health department to contact trace and test  
  • In the event of an outbreak, there may be a need to transition to online learning for a period of time 
  • Students and staff will be unable to share materials.  This means students must bring their own pens/pencils, notebook, etc.

Masks

Students are required to wear a mask while in school. Where physical distancing is not possible outdoors, masks are required.

Screening and Symptoms

In order to protect the health and well-being of all our students and staff, you are asked to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving to school.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • New olfactory or taste disorder(s)
  • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, or nasal congestion (in absence of underlying reasons for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.)

You can use the Ministry of Health’s Ministry of Health’s Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool for this purpose. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are ill, you should not attend school. You should report your absence from school by calling the Ajax or Oshawa Campus.

Covid-19 Information

If you’re concerned that you or any member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19 or develops symptoms, please self-isolate and seek clinical assessment by:

  • Contacting Durham Health Connection Line 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729 and;

Completing the Lakeridge Health online assessment form at covidswab.lh.ca to get an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Clinic.

Please click on the links below for the Region of Durham's Public Health Resources:

Note: The COVID-19 Assessment Clinic does not accept walk-ins.

Register for Classes

To view our current course offerings and register for Ajax and Oshawa credit classes, please visit our Adult Day School webpage by clicking here.

Durham Catholic District School Board - Return to Learning Plan

To access DCDSB's Return to Learning plan, please visit the webpage by clicking here.

For further information about re-opening schools, please visit the Government of Ontario's Covid-19: reopening of schools webpage.