Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care

Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care

The latest version of the provincial COVID-19 school and child care screening tool was released on October 1, 2020.

The online electronic version is updated on the Ministry site: https://covid19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

News Release: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58629/ontario-revises-covid-19-screening-guidance-for-schools-and-child-care

Quick recap of changes (from the news release).

The first set of questions asks about symptoms such as fever or cough.

  • Students and children with any of these symptoms will still be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

The second set of questions asks about other symptoms that are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache:

  • Students and children with only one of these symptoms will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school or child care if their symptoms are improving.
  • Students and children with two or more of these symptoms will be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

In addition, based on the latest public health guidance the symptom list for children in school and child care no longer includes abdominal pain or conjunctivitis (pink eye).

More information can also be found on the Thunder Bay District Health Unit Website at https://www.tbdhu.com/illchild