COVID-19 Information and Advisory

This page will be updated as we receive new information. 

This page provides details about:
  1. AMDSB school's health and safety protocols to keep students and staff safe.  
  2. The Ministry of Health's guidance for schools
  3. Reporting of COVID-19 cases in AMDSB schools  
  4. The COVID-19 vaccine that is now approved for anyone 5 and over.
  5. Ventilation in AMDSB schools (strategy, investments and school by school overview).
  6. Vaccination status of AMDSB employees (aggregate data).
  7. Communication to families (overview of the main letters, etc. that families have been sent to date).
  8. COVID-19 cases in Huron-Perth. This information is provided by Huron Perth Public Health.
 

1. AMDSB School's Health and Safety Protocols

Learn more about what protocols we have in place for the 2021-2022 school year. We are implementing more rigorous guidelines than what the Ministry of Education has mandated based on advice from Huron Perth Public Health
 
 
 
 
 

2. Ministry of Health COVID-19 Health, Safety and Operational Guidance for Schools (2021-2022)

The Ministry of Health has updated their guidance for schools. We will follow this guidance along with that of Huron Perth Public Health.
 
 
 

3. Cases of COVID-19 in AMDSB Schools

Due to Ontario's latest case and contact management guidance, school boards will no longer be informed of positive cases so the usual reporting is suspended (as of January 3, 2022). 

 

Please visit the Ministry of Education's absence tracking page to learn about daily absence numbers in AMDSB schools.

 
If you are interested in learning more about our reporting, please read the letter provided to families on January 19, 2022 
 

4. COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Health Canada has authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine made for children aged 5 to 11. Learn more about this vaccine and this announcement from Health Canada. Our local health unit (Huron Perth Public Health) and the Province of Ontario have also posted information. 
 
 
For parents of children aged 12 and older, a letter from AMDSB and HPPH was sent to families on September 29, 2021 outlining the process that HPPH will use to understand student immunization status and coverage within classes and schools.  
 
Dr. Miriam Klassen (Medical Officer of Health, Huron Perth Public Health) released a letter to families regarding the importance of COVID-19 vaccination (for those aged 12 and over) on August 5, 2021.
 
Individuals turning 5 in 2021 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Ontario government has developed a webpage containing materials and information for youth vaccination. The Ontario Ministry of Health also has a website containing vaccine-relevant information.
 
 
 
Answers to common questions about the Safety & Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth 12-17 (Ministry of Health) (PDF opens in new tab)
 

6. Vaccination Status of AMDSB Employees

As of December 8, 2021 School Board Employees and Trustees Occasional/ Temporary Board Employees Other Individuals*
Total number of individuals to which the policy applies

  1651 (100%)   590 (100%)   396 (100%)
Total number of individuals who have attested to being fully vaccinated (with and without supporting documentation)

  1580 (95.70%)   556 (94.24%)   355 (89.65%)
Total number of individuals who are partially vaccinated
 
  4 (0.24%)   1 (0.17%)   2 (0.51%)
Total number of individuals who have provided a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated

  3 (0.18%)   0    0 
Total number of individuals who have not yet submitted an attestation form, if known

  0    0   0
 
**Other individuals include those frequently in schools or other settings who may have direct contact with students or staff (e.g. visitors, volunteers, contractors, other professionals and student transportation drivers).
 
This information will be updated as we receive new information. 
 
For more information see our Staff COVID-19 Immunization Disclosure Procedure
 
 

7. Communication to Families

We continue to keep our families up to date with changes. See the full list of emails that have been sent to date
 
 

8. COVID-19 in Huron and Perth Counties

To view community transmission data within Huron and Perth counties, visit the COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page on the Huron Perth Public Health website.