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Public Health - COVID-19 Updates

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčStudent and staff safety are a top priority for the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB). With all health-related matters, the LKDSB follows the direction of local and provincial Medical Officers of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.‚Äč

‚ÄčThe LKDSB looks forward to welcoming students for the start of the school year with a return to full-time, in-class learning with enhanced safety measures

Click here for the daily COVID-19 School Screening assessment tool.‚Äč‚Äč

Currently, Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) schools are open to the public by appointment only. The Sarnia Education Centre and Chatham Regional Education Centre are open to the public, with specific safety protocols in place. Visitors should refer to posted health and safety information.‚Äč‚Äč

Planning for 2020-2021 School Year

The Ministry of Education has directed that LKDSB elementary and secondary schools will reopen in September with a return to full-time, in-class learning with enhanced safety measures.

The province's announcement regarding the safe reopening of schools may be found at this link.‚Äč‚Äč

As per directions from the Ministry of Education, like all publicly funded school boards, LKDSB has developed plans for three possible scenarios:

  • A return to regular, in-class learning with enhanced health and safety protocols;

  • An adaptive model, including a modified school day routine with a maximum limit of 15 students in a typical classroom at one time, with alternate day scheduling and timetabling that would limit student contact with teachers and classmates as much as possible; and

  • A continuation of remote, teacher-led at-home learning.

The LKDSB will be prepared to respond to changes, as necessary, throughout the 2020-2021 school year based on directions from the Ministry and provincial and local Medical Officers of Health.

Updates will be posted on the LKDSB website as soon as they become available. Information will be provided to parents/guardians as per typical means of communication (such as phone or email if your contact information is on file). Click here for more information about planning for the 2020-2021 school year‚Äč.

Parents/guardians with specific questions about their child should contact their school directly.

Public Health Resources

Chatham-Kent Public Health

Lambton Public Health‚Äč‚Äč

Frequently Asked Questions

‚ÄčThe plan for the Lambton Kent District School Board September 2020‚Äč school re-entry will provide a safe launch to the upcoming school year and reduce the opportunities for transmission of COVID-19. The plans incorporate the most current information from the Ontario Ministry of Education, Public Health, consultation with LKDSB educators and education workers, and our communities.

Key questions are outlined for:
  • The School Year & Timelines
  • The School Experience For Students
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Getting Organized For The 2020 ‚Äď 2021 School Year

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for elementary parents/guardians and students.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for secondary parents/guardians and students.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Student Registration

New to LKDSB? Click here to complete the simple, safe and secure online registration form. For more information, please contact your local school.

Ministry of Education Announcements

On June 30, the Ontario government released its plan for the safe reopening of schools in September.

The province's announcement may be found at this link.

Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce has issued the following letters to parents/guardians:

August 27, 2020
English version
French version‚Äč

July 30, 2020
English version
French version

June 19, 2020
English version
French version‚Äč

May 19, 2020
English version
French version‚Äč

April 28, 2020
English version
French version

March 31, 2020
English version
French version

March 22, 2020
English version
French version

Learn at Home Resources

Click here for Learn at Home information and resources‚Äč.‚Äč

Thoughtexchange

The LKDSB appreciates the input of members of its school communities to help support planning and decision-making during the COVID-19 school closures. LKDSB uses Thoughtexchange online engagements to collect information from parents/guardians. Below is a list of the past Thoughtexchange questions and results.

QAs plans are developed for the possibility of reopening schools in September, LKDSB please remember to…

Click here for the Thoughtexchange results.‚Äč

Q: As we continue with learning at home, what are your challenges, successes, questions, and/or suggestions?

Secondary Student Thoughtexchange: Click here for the Thoughtexchange results‚Äč.

Parent/Guardian Thoughtexchange: Click here for the Thoughtexchange results‚Äč.

Q: What does the LKDSB need to consider when supporting learning for students during the school closure?‚Äč

Click here for the Thoughtexchange results‚Äč.

Service Disruption Noti‚Äč‚Äčce

‚Äč‚ÄčLKDSB Schools and Recreational Amenities: LKDSB Playground equipment and outdoor structures are NOT cleaned or sanitized. Individuals accessing LKDSB playground equipment or outdoor structures do so at their own risk. Users must follow health and safety precautions such as physical distancing and proper hand hygiene before and after use. A reminder to please stay home if you are COVID-19 confirmed or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. All play should be supervised and age appropriate. Please monitor the Board‚Äôs website for updates at www.lkdsb.net‚Äč.

Supports for Students and Families

Resources to support parents/caregivers discussing COVID-19 with children/youth‚Äč‚Äč.

School Mental Health Ontario‚Äč

COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub‚Äč



Government Websites and Public Health Information

For further information and the most up-to-date announcements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit:

All LKDSB updates regarding COVID-19 will be posted on this website.‚Äč

Public Health Media Rele‚Äčases

Please refer to Chatham-Kent Public Health‚Äč and Lambton Public Health's websites for up-to-date information and media releases regarding COVID-19.‚Äč

Read the Aug. 12, 2020 letter to parents/guardians from Chatham-Kent and Lambton Medical Officers of Health‚Äč.

LKDSB‚Äč Communications Regarding the Novel Coronavirus‚Äč ‚Äď C‚Äč‚ÄčOVID-19

‚ÄčAugust 27, 2020
August 13, 2020‚Äč
July 30, 2020 - Parent/guardian survey
July 22, 2020‚Äč
June 22, 2020‚Äč
June 19, 2020
May 19, 2020
April 29, 2020 - Elementary parents/guardians
April 29, 2020 - Secondary parents/guardians‚Äč
April 26, 2020
April 15, 2020‚Äč
April 8, 2020
April 8, 2020 - Secondary students, parents/guardians‚Äč
April 1, 2020‚Äč
March 31, 2020‚Äč
March 26, 2020‚Äč
March 23, 2020‚Äč‚Äč
March 20, 2020‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč
March 13, 2020
March 12, 2020
March 11, 2020 - 4:20 p.m.‚Äč
March 11, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.
February 3, 2020
January 27, 2020

Additional Resources‚Äč

Pandemic Influenza Protocol/Plan Administrative Procedure‚Äč

Resources to support parents/caregivers discussing COVID-19 with children/youth‚Äč‚Äč.‚Äč

Learn at Home online portal‚Äč