Dear Parents, Just some reminders about when to send your child to school and when to keep them home when he/ she is under the weather.
Parents are responsible to notify the school of the reason for the absence(s) from school.
Families play an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that students can access educational services. It will be important for you to monitor your child’s health each day before sending them to school and to keep them home when they feel ill.
If your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed below and they are unusual for your child or are not related to an existing condition (e.g. seasonal allergies), parents/guardians are asked to visit a drive-through testing site, call 811 or your health care provider and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to the school.
Whether it is cold, flu, pink eye, coronavirus or other illness, students should stay home if they are ill so that illness is not spread through schools.
A negative COVID test does not mean an individual is ready to go back to school or work. If a student has tested negative for COVID-19 but still displays mild symptoms, please consider the following.
Students and staff should not return to school or work:
if they have on-going fever or chills
if symptoms are not improving or there are new symptoms
Students and staff could return to school or work:
if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, e.g. Tylenol
if they have a runny nose, congestion, or other mild symptoms they can return to school provided they are well enough to engage in learning or their job
if mild symptoms are improving and there are no new symptoms
if they continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette (e.g. cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue)
In addition, if you have traveled outside regions as per the current CPHO guidelines, you are asked to declare this to the school, and follow the current CPHO measures in place at the time (e.g. self-isolation).
Symptoms of COVID-19 include: new or worsening cough shortness of breath or difficulty breathing fever chills sore throat runny nose, sneezing, congestion headache muscle aches unusual fatigue acute loss of sense of smell or taste