The research continues to evolve regarding the long-term effects of COVID-19 in children and adults What researchers do know is that there are fewer rates of hospitalization, deaths and significant health complications in children YRPH advises everyone to be cautious
To understand who is considered a close contact at school, please read York Region Public Health’s infographic.
When a student has been directed by York Region Public Health to self-isolate for 14-days, this means students must self-isolate at home for the full 14-days.
The YCDSB follows all health and safety protocols as mandated by the Ministry of Education (MOE). In the MOE’s COVID-19: reopening schools guide, it states that students in kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged, but not required, to wear a non-medical or cloth mask in indoor spaces, including school transportation. Students in Grades 4 to … Continue reading “Why aren’t masks mandatory for all students, including Kindergarten to Grade 3?”
York Region Public Health follows Ministry of Ontario Guidelines and notifies parents of students when an exposure of COVID-19 takes place in the school. All parents in the school community receive a letter Through an in-depth case investigation public health will determine which cohorts are affected including if the student rode the bus or attended … Continue reading “What is York Region Public Health and the York Catholic District School Board’s process to notify parents of a positive COVID-19 case?”
Throughout this temporary closure period, York Region Public Health continues to monitor if additional cases arise. Essentially, the school will hit a reset button following this 14-day period Upon the reopening of the school, Public Health nurses will be onsite at the school to conduct an additional infection prevention and control assessment (iPAC) to ensure … Continue reading “What are the factors considered by York Region Public Health to determine a school is safe to reopen after it was temporarily closed as a result of an outbreak?”
York Region Public Health conducts an investigation into all possible exposures Close contacts identified are contacted by York Region Public Health with next steps which may include self-isolation for 14 days This applies to students who take the bus
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It interferes with learning for face to face and remote students It is difficult to adopt at schools with larger population Parents are advised to drop off child(ren) as close to the bell time as possible to prevent unnecessary congregation or mixing Parents are asked to leave school grounds promptly after drop off and/or pick … Continue reading “Why doesn’t every school have staggered arrival and dismissal times?”
Safety is a shared responsibility. We will continue to communicate protocols and expectations on school and Board level through Re-entry Plan established in conjunction with York Region Public Health to keep everyone in our school community safe. Parents/guardians must follow Government of Ontario’s mandates regarding physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet and mask wearing.