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Ontario is in Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen. Ontario will enter Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen ahead of schedule on Wednesday, June 30, at 12:01 a.m.  Workplace details for Step 1 of Reopening. 

Public Health is the lead in all outbreaks and case management. Public Health will contact you if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, based on a thorough risk assessment completed only by Public Health.

 In response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government has moved elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break.

Ontario Moves Schools to Remote Learning Following Spring Break | Ontario Newsroom

Schools

 

COVID-19 school screening:

Step 1:

Use the Ontario COVID-19 screening tool every day before your child attends school in person, use the Ontario Screening Tool: COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca)

PDF version to download: COVID-19 Screening tool for students and children in school and child care (ontario.ca)

If your child passed the screener, YES they can go to school. If your child did not pass, follow the instructions in the results. 

Step 2: Please notify your school administrators of your child's absence.

Attestation for Return to School or Child Care Following Illness

 

More information on annual school health programs can be found under Healthy Schools. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this has been our main focus within schools. Please see below for more information related to COVID-19 and Schools.

 

COVID-19 Associated with Schools

Please remember: No one wants to get or spread COVID-19, so be kind and continue to practice all COVID-19 Public Health measures to reduce the risk of infection.

Date Formats (mm/dd/yyyy)

Please note: Should a case investigation result in an outbreak being declared, the case will be removed here and the outbreak will be included on the Outbreak Investigation List. A school outbreak is defined as evidence of transmission within the school environment.  

For more about school cases, visit COVID-19 cases in schools and child care centres | Ontario.ca

 

To reach our School Health Team or speak with your School Health Nurse, please call 519-376-9420 x 3000

 

I/my child has a symptom of COVID-19 - What do I do?

 

How does my child return to school? Overview of Grey Bruce Screening Steps

 

Covid-19 Information

 

Mental Health

 

Bullying and COVID-19:

 

What can we do to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

 

 Community Support Resources

 

For more information from your local school board visit:

 

General Public Health information

I have a COVID-19 symptom. What do I do?

 

Protocols & Guidelines

 

Resources for Educators

 

Personal Protective Equipment

 

How are you managing?

  • As educators, it is essential to take care of yourself, not just for your well-being, but also for those you care about and support. Your self-care will help improve your energy, focus, ability to cope with challenges and overall life experience. Check-out these Personal Resiliency Tips during COVID-19 

For information on COVID-19 Vaccines, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.

Youth and COVID-19 Vaccines (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)

For all situations added to the chart above, the individual with COVID-19 has been contacted directly by our COVID-19 Case and Contact Management Team. We have worked with the individual and the school, along with the school board and have identified all others, both in and out of the school environment, who may have been exposed and have determined their risk level. Any cohorts that have been identified as contacts to the case have been excluded from school at this time.

Those NOT contacted by Public Health need not take any additional steps including asymptomatic testing.

 

Public Health is the lead in all outbreaks and case management. Public Health will contact you if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, based on a thorough risk assessment completed only by Public Health.

Determining who has had close contact is a decision that can only be made by Public Health. Anyone at heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission due to close contact to a person with COVID-19 will be contacted by Public Health within 24 hours of the investigation.

 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit will direct those considered at risk regarding testing requirements and recommendations (e.g., timing). There is no value in anyone being tested before they are notified and instructed to do so by Public Health. Results of early testing are unreliable and place individuals at risk of more testing than is required.

As a reminder to the public, if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please proceed to your nearest assessment centre for testing.

All contact tracing and determination of individual and community risk is made by Public Health. This is true of all cases, whether in schools, workplaces or the community. A health care provider or school official cannot make this decision.

 

 

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