Algoma Public Health

School & COVID-19

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The public health measures that we choose to follow in our daily lives and in our schools continue to play an important role in how we manage and live with COVID-19. 

 

Thanks to our collective efforts applying public health measures, such as, staying home when we are not feeling well, proper mask wearing, and getting a COVID-19 vaccine, we have the ability to manage the impact of this virus, and we are now learning to live with and manage COVID-19.


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Screening

 

All students, staff, and visitors must self-screen daily using the COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool to assess for symptoms of COVID-19  and follow the recommendations as per the screen based on your individual responses.

 

Regardless of vaccine status, do not send your child to school or any activities if they have symptoms of illness.

If your child is experiencing any symptoms, follow this APH screening questionnaire to determine if your child’s symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 and if your child and household members are required to self-isolate.

 

Basics for Reducing Risk in Schools

 

Get back to basics, continue to follow public health recommendations & stay home if sick

 

It is important to be diligent with basic public health measures in and outside the classroom to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These measures include proper mask wearing, physical distancing, washing your hands, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, screening daily and stay home when feeling unwell.

 

 

Masking

 

Masks are no longer required for students, staff and visitors in schools, school board offices and on student transportation. Eye protection for staff are also no longer required. As some students and staff may choose to continue to wear masks or eye protection, the government will continue to provide free masks and eye protection. School boards will continue to offer optional personal protective equipment, including masks for students and staff.

 

In addition, we know that many students and staff may choose to continue to wear masks based on the guidance provided in understanding COVID-19, by choice, or consistently for the remainder of the school year. We encourage respectful and inclusive practices and communications within the school communities.

 

 

 

School Absenteeism

 

It is not required to report your child’s positive COVID-19 test to the school. If your child tests positive on a take home Rapid Antigen Test or PCR collection kit, please keep your child home from school and follow the guidance provided in the COVID-19 school and childcare screening tool and the APH screening questionnaire.

 

Due to changes in testing eligibility and reporting, schools will not be notifying children in classes with a positive case, or absences related to symptoms of COVID-19. APH will no longer be dismissing cohorts in schools. Any dismissals will be based on operational requirements determined by school boards. Classes will continue operating safely with public health measures to prevent transmission between students and staff.

 

To monitor the COVID-19 situation in schools, absenteeism rates are monitored and submitted to APH. If absenteeism significantly rises above a school’s baseline rate, APH will work with the school to notify the school community. 

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

 

Get vaccinated against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illness, hospitalization and death, from COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Omicron variant of concern.

APH strongly encourages all individuals five years of age and older to get fully vaccinated against COVID- 19 with at least two doses of vaccine, and a third dose, if eligible (18+ years).

Visit COVID-19 Vaccine: Children aged 5-11 to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine for kids

 

Visit COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Algoma to find an upcoming clinic near you. 

 

 

Mental Health

 

It's normal for situations like COVID-19 to affect your mental health. Everyone will experience this in their own way. It is completely natural to feel stress and concern and it is also important to practice positive coping strategies. It is also completely OK to ask for help.

 

To learn about some positive coping strategies or for further supports download our School Mental Health Pamphlet (PDF).

 

 

Downloadable Resources

 

Choose from a selection of downloadable resources for use by parents and teachers

 

 

Contact Us

 

Email: aphschoolhealth@algomapublichealth.com
Teacher & Administrator Line: 705-942-4646 ext. 3296
Parents: 705-942-4646 ext. 5404