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Managing COVID-19 symptoms, cases and exposures

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Daily Screening

Parents are responsible for performing a daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using a self-assessment checklist. Students are expected to stay home if symptoms or possible exposures are identified and parents must phone the school to inform them of their child’s absence. 

To assist with screening each day, parents can use the province’s COVID-19 school screening tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. Screening your child every day before leaving for school is one of the best ways to help keep our schools and community safe.

Changing Role of Public Health

COVID-19 testing and outbreak management is changing to focus provincial resources on the highest risk settings (e.g. hospitals, long term care homes, etc.).  Staff and student contact tracing in schools will no longer be a part of the process and COVID-19 cases will not routinely be reported to schools. Public Health will no longer be dismissing class cohorts following an exposure in the school setting. This is a significant shift in how COVID-19 cases have been previously managed.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposures

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, think you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus, please follow these steps from the province to take care of yourself and protect others: www.ontario.ca/exposed

If you have , isolating will help stop the spread of the virus. This is particularly important to prevent the transmission of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

You must isolate if you:

You may need to isolate if you were exposed to someone who has  or symptoms of .

Keep reading the provincial information at the link above for more instructions.