Schools are a protective factor for our children and families
Schools and the school environment are one of the most important protective factors for the well-being of students and their families. Whether you are attending in-person or online, school connectedness is an important part of the healthy development of students. School connectedness is a sense of belonging and the belief by students that the adults in their school care about their learning and about them as individuals.
Through daily contact and with caring and supporting relationships, schools facilitate healthy development for children and youth. Schools offer children and youth opportunities to:
These protective factors foster positive experiences which can help children and youth avoid risky behaviours and prevent problems from occurring in the future.
Our schools in Ottawa are open and providing a safe environment for our children/youth to learn, grow and be meaningfully connected to others. They are maximizing opportunities for in-person learning and have made the health, safety and well-being of students their top priority.
For example, schools follow many preventative measures including but not limited to:
Check with your school or school board for more information
If a COVID-19 case is confirmed at your school Ottawa Public Health will determine what happens .
It is normal to feel stress during uncertain times. Please know there are supports available within our community. A complete list of mental health resources and services can be found at OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVIDMentalHealth
Keeping schools open remains a priority for our community, and by continuing to follow the COVID WISE steps, we can keep our schools open and contribute to supporting the positive development and wellness of our children and families.