BROCKVILLE – Starting November 1, kindergarten students attending Upper Canada District School Board schools are required to wear face masks. UCDSB trustees unanimously passed a motion at their October 13 board meeting.
The move comes as more COVID-19 infections have been in schools this year, than in the 2020-21 school year. About one-fifth of all COVID-19-related infections have been in school-age children in Ontario during the fourth wave of the pandemic.
The board said that the move was recommended by both Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health for the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit.
There is no provincial requirement for face mask wearing by kindergarten students, but many school boards in the province, including the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Toronto District School Board have mask-mandates for kindergarten students. Grade 1-12 students are required by the Ministry of Education to wear face masks in indoor school settings.
The UCDSB said that for reasons of disability there may be some students who cannot wear a face mask at school. In those instances, parents and guardians should talk to their school’s principal.