As you know, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario and the Minister of Education have lifted many COVID-19 mandates starting Monday, March 21, the first day back after March Break. This is an encouraging sign that we may be seeing the beginning of a return to “normal” after two years of living with a global pandemic.
That being said, the pandemic is not over, and the past two years have taught us that our individual actions can make a difference in the health of those around us. We encourage staff and students to consider continuing to wear masks at school and work, especially for the first two weeks following the break. This is a simple measure that can go a long way towards preventing illness for those around us.
Reminder: If you travelled outside of Canada over the break, you are required to wear your mask for 14 days following your return.
Though there are some who will be pleased at the lifting of the mandates, there are others, including students under 5 who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, those who are immunocompromised, and those who are in close contact with a vulnerable person, who will continue to wear their mask. Then there are others who will simply feel more comfortable wearing their mask.
Please remember to use the Ontario COVID-19 School Screening Tool each day to determine whether you or your child should go to school or work. Stay home if you do not feel well. Practice good respiratory etiquette and wash your hands well.
Let’s work together to continue to foster an environment of kindness and acceptance at school by respecting the choices of those around us.