COVID-19 School Screening Requirements
This information has been updated to reflect updated COVID-19 measures announced by the Government of Ontario that will begin to take effect March 21, 2022.
All students learning in-person must continue to complete the Government of Ontario online
COVID-19 school screening tool prior to attending school each day. Providing daily confirmation of completing the screening tool will no longer be required. The screening tool has been updated to reflect updated isolation and self-monitoring requirements.
COVID-19 School Screening ToolIsolation Requirements
Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 are presumed to have COVID-19, whether or not this is confirmed by a Rapid Antigen/PCR Test, unless they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed to be immune for 90 days, however they are still directed to follow isolation requirements if they have symptoms.
An individual should isolate if they are experiencing:
ONE (1) of these symptoms:
- Fever and or/chills
- Shortness of breath
- Decrease or loss of taste or smell
TWO (2) of these symptoms:
- Runny nose/nasal congestion
- Extreme fatigue
- Muscle aches/joint pain
- Sore throat
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)
If only ONE (1) of these symptoms is present:
- The student must isolate for at least 24 hours (48 hours for vomiting and/or diarrhea) as long as symptoms are improving and no other symptoms develop
Report the absence for each day via SchoolMessenger or call the school.
Please complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool each day prior to attending school and follow the instructions provided for self-monitoring or self-isolation.
If the individual with symptoms completes two (2) consecutive negative Rapid Antigen Tests (24-48 hours apart) or one (1) negative PCR test (if accessible),
AND their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours (and 48 hours for nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea), then their isolation period ends and they can return to school. Note: If an individual tests positive on a Rapid Antigen Test, they must wait 30 days before taking another Rapid Antigen Test as it could produce an inaccurate result.
Household members may attend school if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and:
- are 17 or younger and are fully vaccinated,
- are 18 or older and have received your booster,
- have completed your isolation period after testing positive in the last 90 days (using a rapid antigen, rapid molecular or PCR test),
- your household member is isolating because of COVID-19 symptoms but has already tested negative on one PCR or rapid molecular test, or two rapid antigen tests.
Household members without symptoms of COVID-19 are required to self-monitor for 10 days after exposure. Follow the guidance provided in the COVID-19 school screening tool.
Children under five without symptoms who live with a confirmed case or someone with symptoms are required to isolate for five days.
Refer to the COVID-19 Symptoms and self-Isolation/self-Monitoring Guidelines for Families for isolation requirements.
masking requirements for returning from self-isolation, travel or if you are a household member who is not required to isolate.