OPH Guidelines for School

posted Sep 17, 2020, 1:39 PM by Kathy Weisenberg   [ updated Sep 17, 2020, 1:47 PM ]
For our students involved in 'physical learning' it is imperative that our parents follow OPH protocol;

Self-check screening tool for students in school

Symptomatic Procedures


As outlined by Ottawa Public Health, If your child has even one of the following symptoms, they cannot be sent to school




  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing/ shortness of breath
  • Sore throat/difficulty swallowing
  • Runny nose (not related to allergies)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Unexplained headache, tiredness and muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain

Ottawa Public Health mandates that If your child develops these symptoms during the school day you will be called to pick up your unwell child and his/her siblings that are at the school.  While here, your child will be placed in an isolation station monitored by the principal or vice-principal and will be asked to put on a mask.  In order to return to school, the following must occur:

  • If your family does not pursue COVID testing your child with symptoms and their siblings must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days and be without symptoms for 24 hours before returning.  Or, you can seek a medical note from a healthcare provider that indicates an alternative diagnosis.  With this medical note your child can return to school 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.  


  • If you seek COVID testing for your child and the results are positive OPH will provide guidance to your family and the school outlining next steps.  


  • If the results are negative, the individual with symptoms needs to isolate until without symptoms for 24 hours.  Siblings may return if without symptoms.


Please see this letter OPH - Child presented with symptoms at school from Ottawa Public Health which will be sent home to a parent whose child exhibits symptoms.


If your children need to isolate for 14 days, they can access learning materials through their Hapara Workspace. Thank you in advance for your continued support.


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