covid 19 virus

Schools & Child Care:
Information for Families

Last Reviewed/Updated: January 20, 2022, 4:48 p.m.

Measures in place to prepare for the return to in-person learning can be found HERE.

Peterborough Public Health works closely with school boards, schools and child care operators to promote a safe and healthy environment and to protect the broader community.  The information on this page is to support families in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

January 20, 2022 Open Letter to Peterborough-area School Families

If you are a School Administrator please visit the School and Child Care: Administrators webpage

On This Page:

Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool

The COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening tool is a decision guide to determine if a child can attend school/child care.  Complete the screen daily, before going to school/child care for each child. 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 isolate 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.

Visit if you have been told you’re a close contact to someone with symptoms of COVID-19.

Peterborough Public Health Resources

PPH has developed these resources to assist you:

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.


School and Child Care Guidance Documents

For specific questions about returning to school please be sure to refer to the Ministry website COVID-19: health and safety measures at schools  and your child’s school board website.

Provincial Documents for Schools and Child Care

 School Boards

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for FAQ

Resources for Children

Check out these kid-friendly resources to help prepare for back to school:


Resources for Parents/Guardians

Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)

Caring for Kids

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Government of Canada

Government of Ontario

Healthy Literacy Project

Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health

Peterborough Public Health

Public Health Ontario

School Mental Health Ontario

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)