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Managing COVID-19 symptoms and cases in schools

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.

Symptoms, Positive Cases, Return to School

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has protocols and documents outlining how symptoms and cases of COVID-19 are managed in schools. 

Public Health has developed three guidance documents that provide information and clear direction to schools:

  1. WDGPH Protocol for Students/Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms
  2. WDGPH Protocol when Student/Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19
  3. WDGPH Return to School Protocol for Students/Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms

**Please note that these documents may be revised as new information becomes available. For the most up to date documents, visit WDGPH’s website at https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/your-health/covid-19-information-schools-parents-and-teachers/schools

Case Management

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health will continue to be responsible for managing positive COVID-19 cases and symptoms in schools; the UGDSB will continue to follow the direction of WDGPH. Public Health is responsible for conducing contact tracing, managing the case in collaboration with the school, determining if an outbreak in a school exists, and determining when an outbreak can be declared over. 

New this year: Public Health has stated that the requirements for self-isolation and testing will be different for individuals who are fully vaccinated compared to those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Please note that Public Health will be the only organization with information on the vaccination status of students. The board/schools will not have access to that information. 

For more information on Public Health’s process for COVID-19 case management, visit their website: https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/your-health/covid-19-information-schools-parents-and-teachers/schools

COVID-19 Reporting – Cases in Schools

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school setting, the school board is required to post information on the board website. This information will be posted here: https://www.ugdsb.ca/community/coronavirus/2021-22-school-operations/covid-19-advisory-reporting/

Additional Documents