Ottawa’s Francophone Catholic school board to notify parents of COVID-19 cases in schools

The Ottawa Catholic Francophone School Board will continue to notify parents, guardians and staff of cases of COVID-19 at school or on a school bus.

The Central East Catholic School Board is following the Ottawa Catholic School Board in continuing to notify the school community of COVID-19 cases if it becomes aware of any positive cases via rapid antigen or PCR testing .

In a letter to parents and guardians, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est states that “to ensure an open and transparent community”, it will continue to notify parents, guardians and staff when they receive confirmation of a case of COVID-19.

As of Monday, the CECCE will notify the school community of a case of COVID-19 at school or on a school bus.

“To help the school communicate the information, we are asking parents and guardians to let the school know if your child tests positive for a rapid home antigen test or PCR test. “, indicates the CECCE in a letter to parents.

“Management will only release information on cases that have been reported to it.”

The board says the names of students and staff who test positive will remain confidential.

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.

Starting Monday, all school boards in Ontario will begin reporting school absences, which will track the number of students and staff physically present at a school on any given day.


The Ottawa Catholic School Board says parents and caregivers can voluntarily notify the school if their child has tested positive for COVID-19.

“It is important to note that school principals will not be involved in contact tracing and will maintain confidentiality at all times. As a reminder, Ottawa Public Health has advised us that most school contacts are not considered high risk and only need to self-isolate if they have symptoms,” the OCSB said.

Parents and guardians can voluntarily notify the school if their child has tested positive for COVID-19.


The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is creating a voluntary COVID-19 reporting process, which will be posted on a dashboard.

The OCDSB says the new COVID-19 Disclosure Dashboard will share information about COVID-19 cases in schools voluntarily reported by parents, guardians and students.

“Our goal is to be as transparent as possible with the community. This data is self-reported by parents/guardians and/or staff through voluntary reporting and/or normal absence reporting processes and we cannot ensure its accuracy,” the OCDSB said. noted.

The three school boards are reminding parents that students should be screened daily for COVID-19 before going to class.

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