Sept. 17, 2020
Dear HDSB families,
We are writing to inform you of changes made by the Government of Ontario to the COVID-19 school screening protocols required by students and staff.
Change to self-isolation protocol
The Government of Ontario has advised us of a change in the protocol requirements for self-isolation if you have a close contact (i.e. siblings) living in the same household showing symptoms of COVID-19.
If an individual has COVID-19 symptoms, their close contacts will NOT be required to self-isolate while the individual experiencing COVID-19 symptoms awaits test results. If the close contacts/siblings do have symptoms of COVID-19, then they must self-isolate too.
NEW online COVID-19 screening tool
Parents/guardians (and students 18+) must now complete the Government of Ontario's
new online COVID-19 school screening tool for each child prior to attending school each day. This online school screening tool replaces the Daily Self-Assessment for HDSB Students poster provided on the first day of school. Please disregard the previously distributed poster as it is no longer accurate based on the recent announcement by the Government of Ontario.
COVID-19 Reporting on HDSB websites
HDSB COVID-19 Advisory webpage provides the number of positive COVID-19 cases that are connected to our schools. Schools will have a yellow banner at the top of their websites that directs users to the HDSB COVID-19 Advisory page on the Board website. Cases will remain on the website until the case is resolved and the absence is no longer being reported at the school level. Confirmed students or staff cases of COVID-19 are also reported on the Ministry of Education’s
COVID-19 Cases in Schools and Child Care Centres webpage.
How will you know of a positive COVID-19 case at your child’s school
When a positive COVID-19 case is identified at a school, Halton Region Public Health will follow their contact tracing protocol and reach out to any close contacts.
All families and staff at the school will be notified by email of any confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.
Please view our
COVID-19 webpage. We will continue to keep you informed through the HDSB website, SchoolMessenger emails and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
We appreciate your patience and understanding.