A message for school communities regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
As you may be aware, recent attention related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus has created concern about interacting with individuals who might be of Asian descent or have travelled to China. We are aware of unsettling examples of how this has led to discriminatory behaviour. We recognize there are students and families who are feeling vulnerable due to public perception and stigma about the origin and spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Halton Region Public Health continues to stress that, at the present time, the risk remains low to residents in Halton.
We want to assure you that the Halton District School Board is committed to providing an environment where no student, staff or family is targeted in any way.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission recently released the following
“Discriminatory action against any persons or communities because of an association with the Wuhan novel coronavirus, perceived or otherwise, is prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.”
We ask that all members of our school communities continue to ensure our schools are bias-free and safe spaces for all our students and families. This can be accomplished by taking a stand to confront individuals who use harmful language and stereotypes.
Together we will continue to build school communities that are respectful and caring; where all students and staff feel safe and have a genuine sense of belonging.
Director of Education
Information for Parents/Guardians About Coronavirus
Halton Region Public Health has issued an
update on the novel coronavirus
with additional information for families.
We encourage you to review this update carefully as it contains new information for individuals who have travelled to the Hubei province (including Wuhan) and mainland China in the last 14 days.
To date, there continues to be no reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Halton Region.
If you or someone you know has recently returned from China, please follow the recommendations from Halton Region Public Health below:
Travellers from Hubei Province
Individuals who have travelled to Hubei province (including Wuhan) in the last 14 days should:
- Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province.
- Contact Halton Region Public Health within 24 hours of arriving in Canada.
Travellers from Mainland China (excludes Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan)
Individuals who have travelled to mainland China in the last 14 days should:
If the above applies to your family, please inform your child’s school principal and Halton Region Public Health.
- Self-monitor for symptoms of the novel coronavirus for 14 days after leaving China
- Contact Halton Region Public Health if they develop any symptoms
Halton Region Public Health can be contacted at 311, 905-825-6000 or toll free at 1-866-442-5866. Anyone with severe illness should seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 and inform paramedics of their travel history.
Halton Region Public Health is working with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and local health care providers to monitor the situation and take actions as appropriate. We are working closely with Halton Region Public Health to identify and communicate news of any coronavirus cases in the Halton Region that impact the Halton District School Board community. Since this is an evolving situation, we’ll continue to provide information as it becomes available.
As always, should you have questions about your family’s health, contact a medical practitioner.
For more information on the novel coronavirus, please visit
Ontario Ministry of Health coronavirus webpage
for more information.
Letters from the Halton Region Health Department
February 11, 2020
January 27, 2020