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NEW link--> Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool for Schools 

ONLINE link --> ARKLAN - Return To School Confirmation Form

Updated February 22, 2021

                                 Unless otherwise advised by the Health Unit or a Health Care Professional.

Isolation Requirements and Return to School Protocols

1.) Single-symptom screening for all staff, students, and children in school and child care

Staff, students and children with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home, until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result; or
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional; or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

Note: If the symptom is related to an existing condition, these messages to do not apply. Medical notes are not required indicating that the symptom is related to an existing condition.

[ Parent/Guardian completes "Arklan - Return to School Confirmation Form".]

2.) Asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals: Self-Isolate, do not leave home, even for essential reasons

  • All asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to isolate, without exemptioneven for essential reasons, until the symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.
  • If the symptomatic individual does not seek COVID-19 testing they should be treated as a probable case and all household contacts must quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with that symptomatic individual.

  • If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the individual should quarantine, including from other household members, for 10 days from symptom onset and then return to school if they are feeling better. ALL household members are considered a close contact of a probable case, and should quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the positive individual.
[ Parent/Guardian completes "Arklan - Return to School Confirmation Form".]

3.) Asymptomatic household contacts of asymptomatic individuals who are high-risk contacts: Stay at home, except for essential reasons

  • If an asymptomatic individual is directed to self-isolate as a high risk contact of a positive COVID-19 case, their asymptomatic household members should stay home for 14 days except for essential reasons. (In this case, attending school, child care or work is allowable for the household contacts as an essential activity, as long as everyone in the household remains asymptomatic.)
[ Parent/Guardian completes "Arklan - Return to School Confirmation Form".]

Please note, if your child is sent home from school due to COVID-19 symptoms then ALL siblings will also be going home at the same time.  Siblings at other schools should also be picked up according to new isolation procedures.

COVID - 19 Symptoms  

Sore throat

Stuffy nose/runny nose


Nausea and/or vomiting


Fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches or malaise



Shortness of breath

Decreased or loss of smell or taste

To find a local testing assessment centre click here.

Eastern Ontario Health Unit  1-800-267-7120
Leeds, Grenville& Lanark District Health Unit 1-866-236-0123

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