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My Child is Sick! When Can (S)He Return to School?

There has been a lot of confusion about what caregivers need to do when a child becomes ill. This post will clarify the steps you need to take if your child becomes ill, and will help you know when your child can safely return to school.

Each and every day, 7 days a week, parents/guardians need to conduct the Covid-19 School and Child Care Screening. This includes weekends!

For your convenience, you can now find a link to the Ontario School Screen Tool right on our website!

When Do I Keep My Child Home from School?

If your child has any of the symptoms listed below – even on a Saturday or Sunday:

SECTION ONE

You will see this message:

You now have to make a choice of what to do next. You can:

  1. Get your child tested for Covid 19
  2. Go to your medical doctor
  3. Keep your child home for 10 days

If your child has one of the following sypmtoms:

SECTION TWO

Your child does not need a Covid test, they do not need to see the doctor. They can return to school after 24 hours if their symptoms are improving and you conduct the School Screen Tool and you get a green go-ahead to return to school.

After 24 hours, if their symptoms ARE NOT improving, or if they are worsening, or if they have additional symptoms, you need to contact your medical doctor or take your child for a Covid-19 test.

If your child has any TWO of the symptoms from SECTION TWO above, you must take your child for a Covid test or to see their medical doctor or isolate them at home for a minimum of 10 days.

When Can My Child Return to School if I got a RED Message?

If your child has one of the symptoms from Section One, or two symptoms from Section Two, you MUST:

  1. take your child for a Covid test
  2. Take your child to your medical doctor
  3. keep your child home for 10 days

They can return to school when the following conditions have been met:

If you have your child tested for Covid 19 your child can return to school when they pass the School Screening Tool, they do not have a fever AND you get a negative result. They must remain home, in isolation, until you get your negative result even if their symptoms are gone.

If you did not get your child tested, but you took them to their medical doctor and the doctor said that their condition is not caused by Covid 19, your child can return to school if testing is not recommended by your doctor, they have no fever, and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms began to improve.

If you DID NOT bring your child for a Covid Test and you DID NOT bring your child to a medical doctor, your child MUST isolate at home for 10 days! After 10 days, they can return to school if they have no fever, pass the School Screening Tool, and it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms began improving.

If your child has a Covid-19 test and it comes back positive, or if anyone in your household has a positive Covid-19 test result, you must all isolate at home and you must contact Halton Public Health at 311.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office to ask for directions at 905-257-7102.

You can also view the flowchart for the Return to School Protocol from Halton Public Health HERE:

My Child is Sick! When Can (S)He Return to School?