Communications and Resources

As we plan to resume regular school operations as quickly, safely and sustainably as possible, the OCDSB will continue its commitment to timely communication with staff, students, parents and the community. Direct messaging by email is supported by information on our website, staff portal, social media and advertising. Think you missed something? You can access all parent communications on our website.




Throughout the pandemic, we have been working with continuity of learning tables. These tables have been engaged in the continuity of learning discussion throughout Learn at home and now planning for the return to school. Regular meetings which engage union partners, Principals and vice principals, Learning Support Services, including staff leads with responsibility for mental health Equity and Indigenours Education staff leads Business and Learning Technology



Feedback from the community has been instrumental in our planning.

In April, over 7000 parents, students and staff shared their thoughts about their experiences with learning at home, including the challenges of learning at home, competing priorities and demands, adjusting to the workload, establishing a routine for learning and managing deadlines - all of these were challenging.

This feedback helped to refine our practice and to inform decision making.

In July, over 30,000 parents, students and staff responded to our survey and were overwhelmingly in favour of a plan which supported the safe return to school.

Communication Updates


We are committed to staying connected and keeping you informed. What you can expect in the weeks ahead:

Week of August 10th

Launch of the Return to School Plan and Confirmation of Attendance form distributed to families

Video about the return to school school

Messaging to students

Week of August 17th and 24th

Update on Return to School Planning and program delivery

Information about preparing for school and what families need to do to be ready and what to expect in the first week

How to access buildings and/or online learning

Transportation services

Childcare information

Week of September 1st

Final planning details

Welcome message from principal

Teacher contact information

Where to Get More Information


We will be continuing to provide updates to families, staff and students. Watch for emails from OCDSB and from your child’s school. If you have general questions, please send them to d[email protected]. If you have questions specific to your school and/or your child, please contact your school. If you have questions about advocacy, please contact your trustee.

School Based Communication


In the weeks ahead, school staff will be busy implementing school specific protocols and practices based on our Return to School Plan.

Schools will be communicating more detailed information to families.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through the many details as we welcome our students and staff back to school.


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