Parents, guardians and teachers can now voluntarily report cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa public schools.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has created a COVID-19 Voluntary Reporting Dashboard to provide school communities with information about confirmed cases of COVID-19.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 following a rapid antigen test or PCR test, they can complete the self-declaration form on the OCDSB website.
Cases will be displayed on the COVID-19 reporting dashboard.
The dashboard includes information about the school, grade level, and specific class of primary students. For high school students, the dashboard will only provide school and grade level information.
The Ontario government has suspended the reporting of COVID-19 cases in classrooms and schools during the holidays. Provincial guidelines stated that principals would only notify the health unit of a possible outbreak when 30% of students and staff were absent.
As of Monday, all school boards in Ontario are reporting school absences, tracking the number of students and staff physically present at a school on any given day.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Central East Catholic School Board plan to continue to notify parents, guardians and teachers of cases of COVID-19 voluntarily reported to each school.