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Trillium Lakelands District School Board Releases Plan For Absences In The Classroom Due To COVID-19

KAWARTHA LAKES-Trillium Lakelands District School Board released their short-term plan to support learning and well-being for students and staff, and continue to be flexible and evolve as needed.

The following information was sent to parents via email:

Absences within a classroom

Each day, the school principal, superintendent, and director of education are in communication with one another with respect to absences, particularly the number of individuals who are absent due to illness. If there are high levels of illnesses within a class, the superintendent and principal may jointly make the decision to move a class to remote learning for a short period of time.

In this situation, the principal will communicate this information to families of the affected class. Additionally, the principal will send a full-school letter to keep the community informed.

Please note that a student or staff member will only be able to return to school after they’ve completed and have passed the COVID-19 school and child care screening.

School-wide absence monitoring

School boards are required to report all absences daily to the Ministry of Education, reflecting the previous school day absence data. Data for all Ontario school boards is posted at Ontario.ca. Please note that the information on this website includes all absences, which may not be related to COVID-19 (for example, absences due to a medical appointment or a religious holiday).

Schools are monitoring this data closely and when a school is close to the 30 percent threshold of absences due to illness, the Board will work closely with our public health units to determine the next steps together. Should the number of illnesses (either in students or staff, or both) be too high to maintain a healthy and safe school, a class or entire school may move to remote learning temporarily. If there is a situation where there are multiple staff absences due to illness, or the inability to fill those absences with occasional teachers, the school may need to close for a short period of time and asynchronous learning (without a live teacher) will be available but no remote learning will be offered. This information will be communicated with the school community. 


If a class and/or school is open to in-person learning, however parents/guardians choose to keep their child(ren) home, or if your child is isolating and/or home due to illness, or if a classroom is temporarily closed and remote learning is not available, your child’s online classroom platform will contain assignments, activities, and/or tasks for them to complete their learning asynchronously.  

Moving classrooms to remote learning when there are increases of illness in the classroom is designed to keep school buildings open. Officials say they will continue to monitor classrooms and schools daily and make decisions with the information they have to keep the community safe. 

Please remember to screen your children for COVID-19 symptoms each morning, prior to attending school. If they are experiencing any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, they must stay home.


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