COVID Advisory

This webpage contains:
  1. A summary of the COVID-19 vaccination status of DDSB employees and trustees, as well as other individuals who are frequently in schools or other settings who may have direct contact with students and staff. You can access this information by clicking on the “COVID-19 Vaccination Summary” line below.
  2. Information on the number of student and staff absences due to self-reported illness, self-reported positive COVID-19 test results from PCR or rapid antigen tests, school absence rates due to illness and any schools closed due to operational needs or by the DRHD. This information can be found as part of the COVID-19 Absence Tracker at the bottom of this page. For the purposes of this tracker, absences due to illness can be defined as students who are ill for any reason and includes students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and students who are quarantining due to COVID-19.

Our goal is to be as transparent as possible with families with this data. This data is self-reported by parents/guardians and/or staff through normal absence reporting processes and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of it. It is meant to be a snapshot of the current COVID-19 situation and absences due to illness in schools and workplaces for the previous school day.

Reporting Process:

When schools become aware of a positive case of COVID-19 through a self-reported PCR or rapid antigen test, we will be notifying the school community which class the positive result was from. The Ministry of Health has indicated that public health units will no longer be dismissing classes. Instead, parents/guardians and/or students must complete the daily COVID-19 screening tool to determine if they are permitted to return to school.

If absences exceed 30% of the school population, we are required by the Ministry of Health to inform the Durham Region Health Department who may provide additional direction to the school community.

Historical information on the number of COVID-19 cases in schools prior to January 3, 2022 may be viewed by clicking this link.

COVID-19 Vaccination Summary

The Durham District School Board has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol as required by the Government of Ontario. The information posted below contains depersonalized vaccination statistics for all DDSB employees and trustees, and other individuals who are 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 monthly and will continue to change to reflect updated attestations provided to the DDSB. Those who have not yet submitted an attestation form and those who have indicated that they are not vaccinated with no medical condition and/or who wish not to disclose are required to take an educational session about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination and are required to take three (3) rapid antigen tests per week, with the DDSB verifying completion.

Of school board employees and trustees who have submitted an attestation, 95% of individuals have attested to being fully vaccinated. 

Note: 1,155 staff, 293 occasional, 272 external have attested to receiving the booster dose. These numbers are included in this report as 'fully vaccinated'.

  

As of March 8, 2022School Board Employees
& Trustees(excluding occasional/temporary)
Temporary/Occasional
School Board Employees
Other Individuals
  # %

#

%

#

%

Total number of individuals to which the policy will apply

7,242 100.0%

4,769

100%

638

100.0%

Total number of individuals who have attested to being fully vaccinated with supporting documentation

 6,001  82.86%

2,277 

47.74%

612 

96.0%

Total number of individuals who have attested to being fully vaccinated without supporting documentation

871  12.03%

1,681

35.25%

N/A

N/A

Total number of individuals who provided a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated

18 0.25% 

19 

.40%

4

.60%

The number of individuals who have not yet submitte d an attestation form

39  0.54% 

543 

 11.39%

N/A

N/A

The number of individuals who have indicated that they are not vaccinated with no medical condition and/or wish not to disclose

313  4.32% 

249 

5.22% 

22

3.40% 

 


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