COVID-19 School and Childcare Screening Tools
Who should complete the daily screening tools? The screening tools should be completed daily by any school-based staff or visitors and all students who are attending school in-person (or by the parent/guardian for each child).
Who does the screening criteria apply to? The screening tools are designed to determine whether staff and students should attend school each day. Individuals who do not work at or attend the school setting are encouraged to follow their individual workplace screening guidelines for COVID-19. Why should the screening tools be completed daily? Screening staff and students for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposures every day before attending school is vital to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All students/parents/guardians and staff should follow the directions provided in the screening tool including when to stay home from school and when it is safe to return to school.
- Online School and Childcare Screening Tool (Online version for students, staff & school visitors)
- Student and Child Screening Tool (Printable version for students)
- School Staff and Essential Visitor Screening Tool (Printable version for parents)
Process Maps, Symptoms, Cases and Return to School
- School Protocol Process Map for Students/Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms
- School Protocol Process Map When Student/Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19
- School and Bus Case Information (letter to parents) - Updated Dec 8, 2020
- Symptomatic Student Information (letter to parents)
Parent Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year
Here are some ideas you can use to help you and prepare your child to get through the 2020-21 school year.
- Parents’ Guide 2020-21 School Year (Handout)
- Back-to-School 2020-21 Parent Checklist (Handout)
- Tips for Children Attending School (Public Health Ontario)
- COVID-19 and Children
- Mental Health, Substance Use and Stigma
- Supporting Student Mental Health During COVID-19
Parent resources on hand-hygiene, respiratory etiquette and masks
- Hand-washing Heroes Video (for younger children)
- Hand Hygiene How-To (for older children)
- Cover your coughs and sneezes (for younger children)
- Respiratory Etiquette (for older children)
- Mask Guidance for Parents (Handout) - Dec 1, 2020
- This video from the World Health Organization has tips on using masks correctly.
- FRENCH: How to Safely Use Reusable Cloth Masks and Face Coverings (Video)
- FRENCH: How to Use a Disposable Mask or Face Covering (Video)
Other measures to stay safe
- Keep 2 metres distance when interacting with teachers, staff or other parents and students.
- Keep 2 metres distance during drop-off and pick-up.
- Consider using active transportation (e.g. walking, cycling, etc.) to get to school if possible. If your family/child is walking/biking to school with other families/children, keep 2 metres distance as much as possible.
- If your child normally takes the school bus, consider taking them to school if you are able and your situation allows for it. This may help with distancing on buses for those who do not have any other option.
- On school buses, masks or face coverings will be required, so have them ready at the bus stop.
- Limit personal belongings your child brings to school.
- Label everything, including masks and their storage containers.
- Discourage sharing of food and personal items like school supplies and masks.
- Pack extra masks in your child’s backpack if possible.
- Consider packing a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your child’s lunch to use before and after eating (if they know how to use it properly and safely).
- You may want to pack a tea towel or cloth for your child to eat their lunch on, changing it each day.