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Educators and Schools

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: 1:07 PM March 23, 2020

In addition to the links below, please refer to the general COVID-19 information webpage and information for workplaces.

For elementary / secondary schools and childcare programs

Public Health Guidance for Schools (K-12) and Childcare Programs (COVID-19) – ENGLISH

Public Health Guidance for Schools (K-12) and Childcare Programs (COVID-19) – FRENCH

For post-secondary and boarding schools

Advice for students, faculty, or staff on self-isolation:

  • All returning travelers should self-isolate at home for at least 14 days after return home, even if symptom free.
  • If symptoms (fever and/or cough) develop during this time, please contact Peterborough Public Health 705-743-1000 for further direction and guidance.
  • Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should self-isolate in their home or in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily. If symptoms (fever and/or cough) develop during this time, please contact Peterborough Public Health 705-743-1000 for further direction and guidance.

Advice for self-isolation

In addition to the self-isolation guidance from Public Health Ontario (see English and French fact sheets), students, faculty, or staff who are recommended to self-isolate under the guidance above should:

  • Stay in a well-ventilated room, including an open window, if possible. Do not have other people come in the room.
  • keep a two-meter distance between yourself and others Practice good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene as described above.
  • have supplies dropped off outside your door to help avoid direct contact, and limit the number of people helping to take care of you.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Regular household cleaning product are effective against most viruses, and you can also use 1 part bleach to 9 parts water as an effective disinfectant.
  • Use dedicated linen and utensils, which can be washed with soap and water and re-used, and do not need to be disposed of.
  • Dispose of any tissues, wipes, masks, or gloves in a waste container lined with a plastic bag before disposing with other household waste.
  • Wash your clothes in hot water (between 60-90 °C), and then thoroughly dry them