Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care

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The province is updating its COVID-19 school and child care screening guidance. 

The guidance is being updated with two sets of questions about symptoms and information to help parents make informed decisions about whether their children should attend school or child care, need to consult a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19. 

Parents can find the new guidance at the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care settings.  

The refreshed online tool will launch tomorrow (Friday October 2nd) for download. 

The first set of questions asks about symptoms such as fever or cough. 

Students and children with any of these symptoms will still be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

The second set of questions asks about other symptoms that are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache. 

Students and children with only one of these symptoms will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school or child care if their symptoms are improving.

Students and children with two or more of these symptoms will be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

In addition, based on the latest public health guidance the symptom list for children in school and child care no longer includes abdominal pain or conjunctivitis (pink eye).

You can find the link for the COVID-19 screening tool here