2021-22 School Year Safety Practices and Protocols

As we return to classrooms on January 17, 2022, the safe opening of our schools remains our top priority. The COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Schools and Child Care document we received from the Ministry of Education, along with our consultations with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has informed our specific plans for a safe reopening.

Safety Practices and Protocols

While we continue to refine our SNCDSB specific guidelines as new information becomes available, below are some of the key decisions and safety protocols which will inform our safe reopening.


All students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 are required to wear a well-fitted mask. Three-ply cloth masks will be available for students. All staff and visitors inside our schools will also be required to wear masks. N95 Non-fit masks for all staff are highly recommended.

Outdoor Learning

Students being outside will be encouraged and regularly scheduled (weather permitting). Masks are but recommended to be worn by students outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Cohorts and Physical Distancing

Additional personal protective equipment, enhancements to ventilation in our schools and vaccinated staff and students will allow for more interaction if needed across cohorts. Established physical distancing standards will always be maintained but cohorts may combine in some instances to preserve in-person learning opportunities.


All assemblies will be virtual or outdoor (weather permitting).

Physical Education

Indoor and outdoor gym classes will support well-being. Interactive technology enhancements in our gyms this summer and fall will support physical fitness and extend learning. There is currently a pause on high contact indoor sports.

Daily Screening

All students and staff must complete the COVID-19 screening before school each day. The COVID-19 school and child care screening tool was updated on January 12 to align with the Omicron Variant and new isolation requirements.


Student transportation will resume on Monday through the East of Thunder Bay Transportation Consortium.

Learning Modes

On Monday, January 17, 2022, SNCDSB students will return to either their in-person classes or our Remote Learning Program. Although we continue to remain optimistic, please know that in the face of this new variant, we could potentially experience absenteeism of staff and students due to isolation requirements. With this being said, classes may be cancelled on short notice or switched to virtual learning. We know this is not an ideal situation, however, we would like to be as transparent with you as possible during these circumstances.

Other SNCDSB successful implementation measures such as hand hygiene, signage, cleaning and the use of HEPA filters to enhance air quality will continue and augment the health and safety protocols identified above. All health and safety protocols will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as consultations continue with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Ministry of Education.

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