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Halton Region Public Health is working closely with local school boards and private schools to implement provincial standards for reopening schools safely during COVID-19. Public Health provides up-to-date guidance and support on the safe reopening and operation of schools to protect students, families, school staff and visitors to schools during the pandemic.

Halton Region School Board plans

School board reopening plans describe how they will protect the health and safety of students, families, school staff and visitors to schools. Plans are informed by the Ministry of Education’s Guide to Reopening Ontario’s Schools (external link) and Halton Region Public Health’s guidance. To find details about your local school board is planning for reopening, please visit their website:

For private schools, refer to the school’s website.

How Halton Region Public Health is supporting schools

Halton Region Public Health:

  • provides recommendations and resources to help school boards and private schools develop policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of staff, students, parents/guardians and visitors;
  • supports training and educational opportunities for school staff regarding infection prevention and control practices;
  • develops processes and protocols for managing sick students and staff at school;
  • develops guidance around managing a confirmed case of COVID-19 and an outbreak at school;
  • ensures schools have child-friendly resources that support healthy behaviours in the school setting;
  • supports infection prevention and control (IPAC) with schools; and
  • conducts surveillance of student/staff absenteeism specific to COVID-19.

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Frequently asked questions

Families are to use the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care (external PDF) or Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening (external link) (online tool) every day of the week, including weekends. Parents and caregivers can complete the tool on behalf of a student.

Follow the direction provided from the results of the online Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening (external link) (PDF’s are available for download). Parents and caregivers can complete the tool on behalf of a student. Parents and caregivers can complete the tool on behalf of a student.

Complete the screening tool every day of the week, including weekends.

The results from the Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening provide direction for children related to isolation and complement the COVID-19 Class Order (PDF file).

If referred for testing, remain isolated and excluded from school until test results are received as per the COVID-19 Class Order (PDF file).

The School and Child Care Protocol for Individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms (PDF file) is an additional resource to provide direction on steps you should take if your child has symptoms of COVID-19.

Follow the direction provided from the results of the online Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening (external link) (PDF’s are available for download). Parents and caregivers can complete the tool on behalf of a student.

Complete the screening tool every day of the week, including weekends.

The results from the Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening provide direction for children related to isolation and complement the COVID-19 Class Order (PDF file).

If referred for testing, remain isolated and excluded from school until test results are received as per the COVID-19 Class Order (PDF file).

Students travel to school in many ways, often by school bus, by foot or bike, or by car. If it is possible for the child to return home, they should do so immediately.

If they cannot return home (for example, they are on a school bus on the way to school), the child should immediately alert a school staff member upon arrival at school. School staff will bring your child to a designated isolation and the parent/guardian will be contacted.

The parent/guardian of the child will be contacted to pick them up immediately and will be advised to complete the Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening (external link) (online tool) or Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care (external PDF) and have the ill individual follow the direction provided from the results of the above screening.

A child with symptoms of COVID-19 will be immediately separated from others and supervised in a designated room.

The parent/guardian of the child will be contacted to pick them up immediately and will be advised to complete the Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening (external link) (PDF’s are available for download) and have the ill individual follow the direction provided from the results of the above screening.

Siblings (and other household contacts) of symptomatic children need to self-monitor while the symptomatic child is awaiting test results. This means that they can attend school or work as long as they do not have any symptoms.

Follow the direction provided from the results of the online Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening (external link) (PDF’s are available for download). Parents and caregivers can complete the tool on behalf of a student.

Families are to complete the screening tool every day of the week, including weekends, and are to reflect back to the date of symptom onset when completing the tool. If a child failed the screening tool within last 10 days, and was not tested or cleared by a medical practitioner, they must self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset as per the COVID-19 Class Order (PDF file)

The Return to School and Child Care Protocol for Individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms (PDF file) is an additional resource to provide direction on when your child can return to school after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Learn more

For more information about COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) page, email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

For a summary of COVID-19 cases in publicly funded schools, licensed child care centres and home child care agencies, please visit the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 cases in schools and child care centres webpage (external link).

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