Changes to Provincial Covid Screening (before getting to school)
Thank you for continuing to complete your daily COVID-19 screening before arriving at school.
The provincial screening tool has changed!
Here are some of the significant changes:
- A student with any single new COVID-19 symptom must:
- isolate until they test negative for COVID-19,
- receive an alternate diagnosis for the symptom, or
- isolate for 10 days since symptoms began. (Previously, students with a minor symptom could return after 24 hours but now even students with a minor symptom must follow these steps.)
- If you live with someone who has a new COVID-19 symptom, you must isolate pending the symptomatic person’s COVID-19 test result. This applies to siblings of symptomatic students or children of symptomatic parents/guardians.
- This means, if one child in a home has a potential Covid-19 symptom, all siblings must stay home (isolate) until the child with the symptom(s) has been tested and negative results are received
- And, if a parent/guardian has a potential Covid-19 symptom, all children in the home must stay home (isolate) until the parent/guardian with the symptom(s) has been tested and negative results are received
- If you live with an international traveller who isn’t exempt from quarantine requirements, you must isolate for 14-days.
For homes with more than one child, this means that all students in a household must stay home if a single student fails the screen; all siblings will be sent home from school if one child becomes ill.
We understand that this is a big change to previous practices.
Thank-you for diligently screening your child(ren) every morning at home before they arrive at school to help keep everyone safe.
Please feel free to call the school if you have any questions (905-573-3505).
~ Ms. Wilson.