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COVID-19: Schools

New announcements:

Effective March 21st, 2022:

  • Masks will no longer be required for students, staff and visitors in schools and on student transportation. Eye protection for staff will also no longer be required. Given the high infection rate in our area, the Porcupine Health Unit continues to strongly recommend masking.
  • Cohorting and distancing will no longer be required in schools. Assigned seats and cohorting will no longer be required in student transportation.
  • Schools and school vehicles are to continue with enhanced cleaning protocols.
  • Appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette are to be promoted and integrated throughout the school day.
  • Daily on-site confirmation of screening for all students and staff will no longer be required. However, staff and students are to continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.
  • Vaccination remains the best defense against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. The COVID-19 vaccination is available for students, families and staff. To book yours click here.

Extra-curricular Sports

The provincial government has begun to ease public health measures, including allowing facilities used for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities to open, while maintaining protective measures. In alignment with the Reopening Ontario Act, schools have been allowed to resume high-contact sports and activities. It continues to be very important that you or your child completes the online screening tool every day before school.

Important Information:
Anyone involved in sports or physical activity within a school or community setting who has completed their 5 day isolation period or is self-monitoring as a close contact, MUST NOT return to practice or play for an additional 5 days from the end of their isolation period or self-monitoring period if they are not able to maintain masking and physical distancing requirements (10 days from symptom onset or from the date of your test, whichever came first, or 10 days from the close contact exposure).

If they are able to maintain masking and physical distancing requirements, the individual can participate. This is because an infected person may be contagious up to 10 days after symptom onset/date of test.


School Board Information

For specific information about your child’s school and answers to frequently asked questions, visit your school board’s website:

ENGLISH
District School Board North East Ontario (DSB1)
Northeastern Catholic District School Board
Algoma District School Board (Hornepayne Elementary and Secondary School)
Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (Holy Name of Jesus School)
Moosonee District School Area Board (Moosonee Public School)
James Bay Lowlands Secondary School Board (Northern Lights Secondary School)

FRENCH
Conseil scolaire catholique de district de grandes rivières
Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario
Conseil Scolaire Catholique Nouvelon (École Saint Nom de Jésus)


For additional COVID-19 information

Email: Please email schools@porcupinehu.on.ca.
Web: For general inquiries about COVID-19, please visit Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).