COVID-19 Management Plan for SchoolsPublished on August 26, 2020
Ontario's COVID-19 management plan for schools was developed by medical leaders, with one aim: to maximize safety and minimize the risk to your children. We have the resources in place ― from nursing to testing and enhanced screening and cleaning ― to help prevent the spread, coupled with a comprehensive plan to respond to any challenge immediately and decisively, under the leadership of Dr. Huyer.
The government released the Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools, a comprehensive document developed in consultation with public health experts, including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, that aims to help schools identify and isolate COVID-19 cases, reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, and prevent and minimize outbreaks. We are providing school boards and school authorities with guidance to help them consistently implement prevention measures, maintain accurate records of staff, students and visitors, work with their local public health units, and take appropriate action when staff, students, or visitors become ill during the school day. The document also outlines recommendations for what parents should do to support their children.
The government’s plan also includes:
- A protocol developed to deal with students who become ill while they are at school, including isolation, and providing PPE to the ill student and staff attending to them.
- A clear communications process will be followed, so parents will know if a student or staff member in your child’s school tests positive for COVID-19.
- School boards will be required to work closely with public health units to communicate updates in real time, and determine whether a class or school must be closed.
- Lead by Ontario Public Health, the government intends to surveillance test asymptomatic secondary students in our schools.
- Protocols that trigger various levels of public health responses or infection control measures. One case will trigger a public health response, two or more linked cases will trigger the declaration of an outbreak.
Parents can rest assured knowing that this government remains committed to the health and safety of all students, families and staff, and leaning on the advice of medical experts who are helping to develop and support our plan.
We are taking every measure to put the health and safety of students and staff first as we safely reopen schools in September. Parents can rest assured knowing that the government remains committed to the health and safety of all students, families and staff, and leaning on the advice of medical experts who are helping to develop and support Ontario's plan.
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