Schools/Child Care and COVID-19

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Parents and guardians must screen their child each day before going to school or child care. Grade 9-12 students must also verify that they have completed the daily screen once they arrive at school.

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Information for Parents/Guardians


Due to the recent emergence of COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) in Ontario, new safety measures have been added in schools and child care centres to keep students, children, and staff safe. These province-wide measures have been rolled out by the Ministry of Education.

As always, parents and guardians must screen their child each day before going to school or daycare. Grade 9-12 students must also verify that they have completed the daily screen once they arrive at school.    

Staff, students and children with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school and child care screening tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until: 

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result. 
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or  
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better. 

All asymptomatic household contacts (not experiencing symptoms) of symptomatic individuals are required to isolate until the symptomatic household member: 

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or 
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional 

If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual. 

The provincial school and child care screening tool has been updated to provide this direction. 

If you have questions, please call the Health Unit’s COVID-19 Call Centre at 1-844-478-1400.

Parenting and COVID-19


  • For specific back-to-school transportation information and guidelines, visit and your child’s school board website.
  • When possible, choose walking and cycling to school. Finding an active way to school can give your child many benefits such as increased readiness to learn, decreased levels of stress and increased levels of happiness on the journey to school.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Back to School

Information for School/Child Care Administration and Staff

Outbreak Management 

COVID-19 Guidance Flow Charts


General School Guidance Documents

Parent/Guardian Handouts


Social Media 

Facebook/Twitter posts (Audience: Parents/Guardians)

Instagram posts (Audience: Students)



Ways to Stay Healthy and Safe at School

Masks and Face Coverings


Teaching Tools

  • Health Unit - Hand Hygiene Resource Manual (ages: 4-14) - This resource provides lesson plans, activities, and materials for teachers to use to educate students about germs, how they are spread, and how to prevent the spread of germs through proper hand hygiene.
  • School and Classroom Supports Find resources to support classroom learning and a healthy school environment on various health topics (mental health, physical activity, healthy eating, substance use, vaping, and more).

Mental Health Resources 

Physical Activity Resources

Healthy Eating Resources



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