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COVID-19 Information for Schools, Child Cares and Families

Last Edited/Reviewed:  October 5, 2022 at 11:53 a.m.

Complete the
Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool
Daily

Children, staff, and visitors must screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily before going to school/child care. As we learn to live with COVID-19, it is important to continue screening our children everyday for any symptoms of illness.  If your child is sick, they should stay home until they can pass the screening tool.  Complete your screening using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool

Printable versions of the screening tool for students and staff/visitors are also available by downloading a PDF in English, French or a different language. 

If you do not pass the screening, read the webpage with your result thoroughly, as it will give you detailed instructions on what to do next including how long you may need to stay home for.  Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed. 

As of September 2022 – Masking Update

Although masking is no longer mandated by the Ontario Government, we know that masking reduces the risk of spreading illness.  A well-fitted mask should be worn in all schools for individuals in the following scenarios (excluding children under age 2 who are exempt from wearing masks):

Scenario

When to wear a mask

You previously tested positive for COVID 19 or had COVID 19 symptoms 10 days after your symptoms started or you tested positive (whichever occurred earlier)
A member of your household has COVID 10 days after the date you were last exposed to the COVID 19 case
You are a close contact of non-household member with COVID 19 10 days after the date you were last exposed to the COVID 19 case

 


COVID-19 Information for Schools

Peterborough Public Health works closely with school boards and school staff to promote a safe and healthy environment and to protect the broader community.  The information below is to support school staff in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  

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COVID-19 Information for Child Care Operators

The information below is to support child care operators in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  

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COVID-19 Information for Families

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COVID-19 Information for Schools

Health and Safety Measures

Please see the Ministry website COVID-19: health and safety measures at schools  for the most up to date information about health and safety measures in schools.

Public Health Ontario Resources

School Absenteeism Protocol and Resources  

  • When levels of absenteeism are 30% or greater than average daily absence rates, schools will communicate with PPH who may provide recommendations to the school or families.

Resources prepared by Peterborough Public Health

Reducing Disease Transmission

  • Stay home if feeling unwell
  • Classroom Ventilation – Peterborough Public Health is encouraging the use of outdoor classrooms and having windows open as often as possible if it is safe to do so to improve ventilation and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
  • Testing – Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) continue to be available to school boards and at locations in the community as well.
  • Masking – Peterborough Public Health encourages individuals to assess their personal risk when determining whether or not to wear a mask.  We encourage respectful, welcoming and inclusive environments for individuals who choose to wear, or not to wear, a mask within their school communities.
  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette- Appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette should continue to be promoted and integrated throughout the school day.
  • Vaccination – Vaccination against COVID-19 continues to be highly encouraged for eligible children and staff.

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COVID-19 Information for Child Care Centres

Health and Safety Measures

Please see the Ministry website Ontario COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures for Child Care for the most up to date information about health and safety measures in child care centres.

Public Health Ontario Resources

Child Care Absenteeism Protocol and Resources  

When level of absenteeism are higher than average, or they reach 30% or more, Child Care Centres will notify PPH so an assessment can be completed and recommendations for staff and families can be provided by PPH.

Resources prepared by Peterborough Public Health

Reducing Disease Transmission

  • Stay home if feeling unwell
  • Room Ventilation – Peterborough Public Health is encouraging the use of outdoor spaces and having windows open as often as possible if it is safe to do so to improve ventilation and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
  • Testing – Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) continue to be available to child cares and at locations in the community as well.
  • Masking – Peterborough Public Health encourages individuals to assess their personal risk when determining whether or not to wear a mask.  We encourage respectful, welcoming and inclusive environments for individuals who choose to wear, or not to wear, a mask within their child care centres communities.
  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette- Appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette should continue to be promoted and integrated throughout the day.
  • Vaccination – Vaccination against COVID-19 continues to be highly encouraged for eligible children and staff.

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COVID-19 Information for Families

Symptoms/Children Who are Ill

Travel Outside of Canada

If your child/student has returned from travel outside of Canada, is between ages 5-11, and is unvaccinated OR partially vaccinated, for 14 days they should:

  • continue to wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care)
  • monitor for signs and symptoms of illness, and stay home from school/child care if symptoms develop
  • For more information visit: Federal Travel Guidelines

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to stay protected from COVID-19. They are an important tool to help to stop the spread of the virus and allow students and families to safely resume normal activities. For more information see:

Other routine vaccinations are also recommended in childhood? Please see PPH’s Immunization webpage for details.

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