Safe Return to School Toolkit

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has prepared this document to support the safe reopening of schools across Windsor and Essex County, incorporating infection control and prevention along with pandemic preparedness. The eight steps listed in this document were developed using recommendations from reliable and credible resources including SickKids Hospital, the World Health Organization, Ontario’s Ministry of Health, and contains information developed by the WECHU. This guidance document does not aim to replace recommendations from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, or other stakeholders, but instead offers key support material based on evidence-based practices.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Operational Guidance Covid-19 Management for Schools

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This document is intended to support school boards and school authorities in preparation for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This document will also apply to childcare centres and before/after school programs that operate within schools.

In the event of a discrepancy between this Guidance and a Directive of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Directive prevails.

COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care (v1 – Oct 1, 2020)

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Version 1 – October 1, 2020

As of October 1, updates have been made to testing guidelines for children which adjust the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

This tool provides basic information only and contains recommendations for children to support
decision making by parents about whether their child should attend school/childcare and/or
needs to be tested for COVID-19. This can be used to assess symptoms of any child who attends
child care or school (junor, intermediate, high school). It is not to be used as a clinical assessment tool or intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Screening must occur daily and at home before a child enters school or child care.