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Welcome back to school! Keeping students healthy and safe is everyone’s focus. Learn what you need to do to help stop the spread of the virus.

NEW safety changes:

  1. Secondary students must complete the school screening tool
    All secondary students must show confirmation of a “passing” COVID-19 school screening result before entering the school.
     
  2. New masking guidelines for students in grades 1-3
    Masking is now required for students in grades 1-12. Students must wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors, on school busses, and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Masking tips for children that are sensitive to touch:

  • Use a soft fabric mask
  • Find a mask that ties around the head, or use a clip to tie the ear loops behind the head

Download Masking Poster

What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 in my child’s school?

If a student becomes ill during the day while at school, the student will be isolated, and should be picked up as soon as possible by a parent or caregiver.

If there is a COVID-19 case in a school, an investigation will occur to determine who else needs to be isolated. Parents of students identified as high-risk close contacts will receive a letter of notification with additional instructions to follow. 

***Please note that only the people identified as a close contact will receive notification from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit***

If your child is identified as a high-risk close contact, they will be asked to self-isolate. This means that your child cannot attend school, work, and extracurricular or social activities until they are cleared by the public health unit. A Public Health Nurse will stay in contact with you to monitor when it is safe to return to school and their other activities.

Other members of your household not identified as a high-risk close contact should stay home and only leave for essential reasons (going to school/work/childcare, getting groceries, going to a medical appointment, or picking up prescriptions).

***If your child develops symptoms, other members of your household must isolate until your child receives a negative test or gets an alternative diagnosis by a healthcare professional***

Learn more:

Information on ‘Variant of Concerns’

A ‘variant’ is when the virus has changed or mutated. Some variants of the virus can become a concern for public health when the mutation or change makes it harder to stop the spread. For example, a variant of concern (VOC) can:

  • Spread more easily
  • Cause more severe symptoms
  • Make it harder to diagnose
  • Affect the effectiveness of the vaccine

Public health is monitoring variant strains of COVID-19 and ensuring safety recommendations are followed in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The public health response to stop the spread of COVID-19 remains the same even for variant cases. Physical distancing, proper and frequent handwashing, wearing PPE, and staying home when ill remain important safety measures to stop the spread of the virus. For VOCs, we need to be more careful and diligent in enforcing these practices.

If there is a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) case in a school, an investigation will occur immediately to determine who else needs to be isolated (i.e., high-risk close contact). Parents of students identified as high-risk close contacts will receive a letter of notification with additional instructions to follow. 

***Please note that only the people identified as a close contact will receive notification from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit***

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Friday, February 26, 2021 - 10:01am