DDSB Rolls Out Plan for Retrieval of Student Belongings

Posted On Wednesday June 03, 2020

Durham District School Board (DDSB) schools are coordinating the retrieval of personal belongings for up to 70,000 students over the next few weeks. School principals are contacting families directly to organize the retrieval process that officially starts today, Wednesday June 3, and runs through to Friday June 26. Specific dates and times will vary from school to school.

The procedure will allow for the safe retrieval of students’ belongings and gives students the opportunity to return school owned materials such as musical instruments, library books, and Chromebooks for graduating Grade 12 students and those moving away from the district.

The plan has been approved by the Durham Region Health Department and maintains strict physical distancing measures, hand sanitizing protocols and requires individuals to conduct a self-screening prior to entering the school.

Students with pre-existing medical conditions and who are at a high health risk for susceptibility to illness will be prioritized and schools will work with those parents/guardians individually on arrangements to access personal items.

DDSB schools have been closed to the public since Friday March 13 to protect the health and safety of students, staff and community members. With the implementation of this retrieval process, this is the first time that families will be able to access schools to retrieve items.

If families have any questions about the process to retrieve items, they should contact their local school directly by email for more details.

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. The DDSB employs 6,900 teaching and educational services staff. With 133 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the DDSB accommodates more than 70,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the DDSB’s website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB, Instagram @durhamschools and YouTube at DurhamDSB.