If a parent or household member tests positive for COVID-19, that member must self-isolate immediately and notify York Region Public Health. Other household members, including students, will be required to self-isolate for 14-days. Do not send your child to school. To clarify, household contacts and siblings of a close contact, can continue to go to … Continue reading “If a parent or household member tests positive for COVID-19, does their child need to self-isolate for 14-days?”
To clarify, masks are required in the hallways. In fact, students must wear a mask in the classroom and when exiting the classrooms The only time students are not required to wear masks in the hallways is when they are exiting the school building for recess. During this time, staff are monitoring closely to ensure … Continue reading “Why is it not a requirement for students to wear masks in hallways?”
It may vary for every individual. As mentioned by York Region Public Health, the incubation period is 14-days.
All health and safety protocols are in place at the school, including maintaining physical distance, wearing PPE and proper hand hygiene.
Yes, York Region Public Health are notified of all positive test results by testing centers. York Region Public Health receives the notification, investigates the case and if determined that a case is linked to a school, they will notify the school immediately and work with the school and school boards to dismiss cohorts, if necessary, … Continue reading “Are all confirmed cases reported to the school by York Region Public Health even if a parent doesn’t share that information with the school?”
When York Region Public Health dismisses a cohort, they advise those individuals to get tested. However, the reality is that not everyone is able to get tested because of numerous reasons, including testing centre capacities. Therefore, it may not be feasible for everyone to get tested before they return to school. That is why Ontario … Continue reading “Are students who were identified as close contacts and directed to self-isolate for 14-days required to get tested before returning to school? What if they’re asymptomatic?”
Students can return to school if they have completed their 14-days of isolation and have no symptoms. Students should conduct a daily self-screening each day before going to school.
The individual is still required to self-isolate for the full 14-days because in some instances where an individual is tested early in their incubation period, tests might not detect the virus at that early stage and the individual may still become infected. Therefore, individuals must continue to self-isolate for the full 14-days.
To understand who is considered a close contact at school, please read York Region Public Health’s infographic.
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?”