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Current situation

As of March 21, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health lifted some COVID-19 health and safety measures. For more information please visit the Ontario Ministry of Education COVID-19: health and safety measures at schools (external link).

Schools and child care operators are no longer required to notify families of positive cases or if an individual is absent due to symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Reporting a case of COVID-19 to Public Health:

  • There is no requirement for parent(s), guardians and/or principals/child care operators to report a positive PCR/RAT test result to Halton Region Public Health.
  • The Ministry of Education requires schools to report when absenteeism rates rise to a level of approximately 30% or more above baseline to their local Public Health Unit.

Updated testing and case and contact management for schools and child care:

  • Testing and case and contact management have shifted to focus on highest risk settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and congregate living settings.
  • Halton Region Public Health will not be dismissing cohorts
  • Individuals you have come into contact with only at school/childcare, are NOT generally considered close contacts. However, specific individuals in school or child care settings may be identified by the case as close contacts based on their prolonged, unprotected, close interactions with the case either in or outside of the setting.
  • Any dismissals or closures of a school or childcare setting will be contingent on operational requirements determined by the school board, school, and/or child care operator.
  • The Province has updated its guidance on self-isolation, self-monitoring, symptoms and COVID-19 testing. To get the latest information on what to do if you were exposed to COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and others, please visit ontario.ca/exposed (external link).

For information on what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, had an exposure to COVID-19 or have tested positive:

Public Health Nurse Support for Schools

During the 2021-2022 school year, the Region's public health nurses will focus on:

  • supporting school board/private schools related to school operations during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • providing infection prevention and control advice to schools.

All schools continue to have access to school health information, resources and consultation. If you have any questions, please contact schoolhealth@halton.ca or call 311.

Online Services

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance and Resources

The following guidance is intended for school boards, administrators, trustees and staff.

Please direct your school community to visit Halton Region’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Information For Parents and COVID-19 webpages for more information.

Public Health Update for Schools

This electronic newsletter consolidates information, updates and resources from Halton Region Public Health on a variety of program areas.

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