On August 31, 2022, the Province dropped the mandatory 5-day isolation rule for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The Childcare and School COVID-19 screening tool has been updated to reflect these changes. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms should complete the Childcare and School COVID-19 screening tool (updated September 9, 2022) and follow the guidance.

 https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

 NEW COVID PROTOCOLS: Please read each page of the screener carefully, including the guidance on the school screening result page.

 If you do not pass the COVID-19 screener and are not immunocompromised

Stay home (self-isolate) until you do not have a fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea). Retake this screening every day before you go to school or childcare.

 For 10 days after your symptoms started:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where you need to take off your mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing your mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid visiting anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

For those with negative COVID‑19 test results, these additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

Siblings or other people you live with

For 10 days after your last exposure to the household member with COVID‑19 symptoms, you should:

  • self-monitor for symptoms. Stay home (self-isolate) immediately if you develop any symptoms of COVID‑19, and seek testing if eligible
  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where they need to take off their mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing their mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid non-essential visits to anyone who is immunocompromised or who may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Regardless of negative COVID‑19 test results, these additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

If you do not pass the covid-19 screener and are immunocompromised

If you test positive for COVID‑19 or do not get tested

  • Stay home (self-isolate) and do not attend school or childcare for at least 10 days and until you do not have a fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea).
  • When determining your isolation period, the day your symptoms began is day 0 and you could return to school or childcare on day 11.

Note: The duration of isolation may be modified based on your health care provider’s direction.

If you test negative for COVID‑19

If COVID‑19 testing was available and you had a negative result from 1 PCR test or rapid molecular test, or from 2 rapid antigen tests taken 24 to 48 hours apart, you can return to school or childcare if your symptoms started improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea) and you do not have a fever.

For 10 days after your symptoms started, the following additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of other respiratory viruses circulating in the community:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where you need to take off your mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing your mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid visiting anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Please note that if you tested positive for COVID‑19, you should isolate for 10 days regardless of whether you later test negative within your isolation period.

Siblings or other people you live with

For 10 days after your last exposure to the household member with COVID‑19 symptoms, you should:

  • self-monitor for symptoms. Stay at home (self-isolate) immediately if you develop any symptoms of COVID‑19, and seek testing if eligible
  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where they need to take off their mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing their mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid non-essential visits to anyone who is immunocompromised or who may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Regardless of negative COVID-19 test results, these additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

Stay Safe Saints!