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COVID-19 Update – Changes in Public Health Guidance

Letter to Parents/Guardians from Director of Education Scott Johnson…

March 1, 2022

COVID-19 Update – Changes in Public Health Guidance

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I want to update you on some important changes to public health measures, which have been in place in our schools.   I am happy to report that, as a result of improving trends in the fight against COVID-19, our public health partners have rescinded an order regarding vaccine mandates for indoor sports activities.  I also want to take this opportunity to draw to the attention of those families who may be planning to visit holiday destinations outside of Canada during March Break, important travel information from the Government of Canada. 

Specifically, please be aware of the following updates:

Vaccination for Indoor Sports – Athletes, Spectators, Coaches and Referees

Last October, the Medical Officers of Health for Chatham-Kent and Lambton issued orders that required all spectators and student athletes 12 years of age and older, coaches and referees attending indoor sporting events at schools, to be fully vaccinated.  These measures are now being rescinded.  This means, effective immediately proof of COVID-19 immunization is no longer required for athletes, coaches, referees or spectators at indoor sporting events.

Rapid Antigen Tests Available for Students and Families

The Ontario government continues to make available to schools supplies of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).  The tests are available to families for use as a guide for the return to school, following an absence from school due to illness, or a required isolation.  The RATs are available at all schools. Elementary school families can access them by simply contacting the school and asking to have a kit sent home with the student.  At secondary schools, students can pick them up from the office.

March Break Travel

It is important that anyone who is planning to vacation outside of Canada during March Break review and monitor Government of Canada entry requirements before and during travel.  For the most up-to-date information and travel advisories, visit the Government of Canada website.

I want to thank you again for your ongoing support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and for respecting the public health measures that have helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, which protects the health and safety of our students and staff.  Like you, I am hopeful that we are beginning to see promising signs for a future filled with hope for a gradual return to pre-pandemic norms. 

In the meantime, we continue to follow the advice and direction of the Ministry of Education, Public Health Ontario and our local public health partners.  I am committed to keeping you updated with any changes in guidance, as they are announced.

My prayer is that you and your family will have a safe, joyous and restful March Break.


Scott Johnson

Director of Education