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COVID-19 Symptoms in Schools

Public Health Unit Definition of Symptoms

                                         Updated January, 20th, 2022

Please ensure you complete the Provincial COVID-19 Screening Tool for Schools each morning to determine if your child should attend.  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Symptoms Poster

If your child is exposed to COVID-19 at school with all public health measures in place are not generally considered high-risk contacts.

**Anyone with any symptoms of any illness (including those not listed here) should stay home until their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours.**

If your child has 1 of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

     Fever (temperature of 37.8 C / 100 F or greater) and/or chills
     Cough (that is new or worsening) including croup (barking cough)
     Shortness of breath ( unable to breathe deeply, wheeze (not related to known conditions) )
     Decrease or loss of smell or taste

Follow this protocol
1. Children 11 years old or younger:
a)  Immediately isolate for 5 days from the day symptoms started.*  Once isolation is completed and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours if gastrointestinal) then complete the Arklan Return to School online form.
b)  Immediately isolate.*  If your child is eligible and receives a negative PCR test result, or two negative rapid antigen tests 24 hours apart, and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 for gastrointestinal) then complete the Arklan Return to School online form.

*Note: All household members (regardless of vaccination status) must self-isolate for the same duration as the person with symptoms.

Update Jan 20th: If additional household members develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should follow isolation protocol for people with symptoms.  The initial household member (with symptoms) does not have to extend their self-isolation.


If your child has 1 of the following symptoms of COVID-19:
     Extreme fatigue, lethargy (generally feels unwell, lack of energy, extremely tired)
     Muscle aches or joint pain (unexplained, unusual or long-lasting)
     Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (not related to IBS, vomiting due to anxiety, side effect of medication)
     Sore throat (painful or difficulty swallowing)
     Nasal congestion (runny or stuffy nose)
     Headache (new or persistent, unusual)

Follow this protocol
1. Children 11 years old or younger:

a)  Self-isolate* until symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours (48 for gastrointestinal) then complete the Arklan Return to School online form.

*Note: Household members are not required to self-isolate.


If your child has 2 or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19:
     Extreme fatigue, lethargy (generally feels unwell, lack of energy, extremely tired)
     Muscle aches or joint pain (unexplained, unusual or long-lasting)
     Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea (not related to IBS, vomiting due to anxiety, side effect of medication)
     Sore throat (painful or difficulty swallowing)
     Nasal congestion (runny or stuffy nose)
     Headache (new or persistent, unusual)

Follow this protocol
1. Children 11 years old or younger:
a)  Immediately isolate for 5 days from the day symptoms started.*  Once isolation is completed and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours if gastrointestinal) then complete the Arklan Return to School online form.
b)  Immediately isolate.*  If your child is eligible and receives a negative PCR test result, or two negative rapid antigen tests 24 hours apart, and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 for gastrointestinal) then complete the Arklan Return to School online form.

*Note: All household members (regardless of vaccination status) must self-isolate for the same duration as the person with symptoms.



Other symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 and should be monitored:
     Abdominal pain (persistent or ongoing)(not related to known causes)
     Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
     Decreased or lack of appetite (not related to anxiety, constipation ...)

Individuals with severe symptoms should go to the nearest Emergency Department.
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