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TLDSB trustees hear positive COVID-19 related updates

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is seeing the current COVID-19 landscape in schools heading in a positive direction.

At a meeting on Tuesday, February 8th, multiple COVID-19 related updates were provided to trustees.

Regarding the board’s system for monitoring illnesses in schools, Education Director Wes Hahn said the “system has worked very well.”

“Our superintendents have been monitoring schools and working with myself to make sure we stay within a healthy limit, to ensure our students remain in school and our staff are well,” he stated.

Superintendent Paul Goldring complimented families of students, who “are doing a fantastic job of making sure their children are screened and well before sending them to school.”

Currently, the board is working with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit on school-based vaccination clinics. These will be used to vaccinate students aged five to 11.

“Consent forms have been sent out to all of our elementary [school] families, and the health units are collecting these forms and then determining where clinics need to be set up, based on the demand,” Superintendent Goldring explained.

The board also recently moved high schools to a semester schedule, as of Monday, February 7th.

The TLDSB is hopeful, in the coming weeks, they will see restrictions lifted on extracurricular activities.

“We want [students] doing the things they love. But we need to make sure we balance it with the safety [aspect],” Director Hahn said.

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