Updated Covid Screening

posted Feb 22, 2021, 12:24 PM by Kathy Weisenberg
Ottawa Public Health would like to inform you that the Province has made updates to screening requirements for COVID-19 for the School and Child Care Setting. As a result, The OPH COVID-19 Screening Tool for School or Child Care and the COVID-19 Screening Tool for High School Students have been updated. A more cautious approach has been adopted in response to the new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have been identified within Ontario. The new COVID-19 variants transmit more easily, therefore additional precautions are needed to prevent the spread within the community.

The changes to this screening tool are as follows:

NEW- Single-Symptom Screening

Students and children with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home (self-isolate) until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result, their symptom(s) are improving, they have no fever, and they are feeling well enough to go to school;
  • OR, if the child does not get tested, it has been 10 days since the onset of their symptom(s), symptoms are improving, they have no fever and they are feeling better.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional.

Here is the link to the updated school screening tool's: