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Illness Protocol

For everyone’s safety, students and staff must not attend school if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold.

If a child begins to experience symptoms of illness while attending school, the child will be isolated in a separate room at least two metres away from other students.

Parents/guardians/emergency contacts will be contacted to immediately pick up children who are ill. Kits with sanitizer, medical face masks and other items will be available for use by the ill individual and the staff member attending to them.

Spaces and items used by ill students/staff members will be cleaned and disinfected; items that cannot be easily cleaned will be removed and stored for 72 hours. Items that were in contact with a positive case will be stored for 7 days.

WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE WHEN MY CHILD IS ILL?

If your child is experiencing possible COVID symptoms, as identified by the screening tool, https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  you must take the following steps:

  • Contact your health care provider or COVID Assessment Centre for guidance and follow their recommendations.
  • If testing is recommended, please take your child for testing and keep them home from school until the test result is received.
  • If the test result is negative for COVID-19, but your child still has symptoms of illness, please keep them home until symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours in the case of vomiting or diarrhea).
  • If the test result is positive for COVID-19, Public Health will be in regular contact with you and will inform you when your child can return to school.
  • If testing is not recommended because your primary health care provider has diagnosed that the symptoms are not due to COVID-19, please keep your child until symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours in the case of vomiting or diarrhea). Please note: this means that your child cannot attend school tomorrow. 
  • If your child has NOT been diagnosed with an illness other than COVID-19, and/or is recommended for testing for COVID-19, but does not get tested, they must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days from the time their symptoms started.  They cannot attend school during this 14-day period.