Bluewater District School Board

Bluewater's COVID-19 Screening page

COVID-19 Screening

COVID-19 Daily Screening
Posted on 09/01/2021

Virus, umbrella, question markAll Bluewater District School Board students, staff, and essential visitors must complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire daily at home and before leaving for the school/worksite.  Please note that we continue to use the provincial screening tool outlined below.  Any documentation we share provided by Grey Bruce Public Health is intended to supplement (or support) the provincial tool.

The student screening questionnaire is found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.

Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in the online screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.

Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms as per the screening questionnaire is to remain at home, regardless of vaccination status, until either:

They were tested for COVID-19 AND they had a negative COVID-19 test after starting to feel sick AND they do not have a fever and have been symptom-free or symptoms have improved for 24 hours, or 48 hours for gastrointestinal (GI) (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea) symptoms, AND have not been told by the Grey Bruce Health Unit or a healthcare provider to continue to self-isolate for a total of 10 days because they were a close contact of a person with COVID-19; OR

They did not have a COVID-19 test but completed 10 days of self-isolation from the date they started to feel sick AND they passed the online screening tool (or paper version) for students or the online self-screening tool for staff; OR

They saw a doctor or nurse practitioner during the time since they were sent home or denied entry to school/work.  The doctor or nurse practitioner has confirmed that another diagnosis (medical reason) other than COVID-19 explains their symptoms (why they were feeling sick) AND they do not have a fever AND have been symptom-free or symptoms have improved for 24 hours, or 48 hours for gastrointestinal (GI) (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea) symptoms, AND they passed the online self-screening tool for staff.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects: You can go to school/child care if you or anyone in your household got a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours and are experiencing any of these symptoms that are mild and only began after vaccination:
 ○ headache
 ○ fatigue (extreme tiredness)
 ○ muscle aches
 ○ joint pain

High-risk contacts may return if one of the following situations applies (reference: flow chart):
(Please note that Grey Bruce Public Health is the lead contact for all case and contact management.  Their advice should be strictly adhered to should it differ from the below information.)
○ If the individual identified as a high-risk contact is fully immunized* or previously positive** and has symptoms compatible with COVID-19, they should:
 ■ isolate and get tested right away
 ■ if they test negative, they can discontinue self-isolation once symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms)
 ■ if they test positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days.

○ If the individual identified as a high-risk contact is fully immunized* or previously positive** and does not have symptoms compatible with COVID-19:
 ■ The individual is generally not required to isolate.
  ● Self-isolation still may be required at the discretion of the local public health unit. Refer to the COVID-19 Fully Immunized and Previously Positive Individuals: Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance for individuals with immunocompromise, and residents of high risk congregate living settings / inpatients.
 ■ The individual should be recommended for testing but is not required to isolate while awaiting test results if they were not already directed to isolate (refer to Provincial Testing Guidance).

○ If the individual identified as a high-risk contact is not fully immunized* or previously positive**, the individual should:
 ■ Isolate and get tested on or after day 7 of their isolation period; AND
 ■ Regardless of test result, they are required to isolate for 10 days.

For household members of high-risk contacts, please follow this flow chart.

Asymptomatic contacts of confirmed or probable cases are not required to isolate if they are fully immunized*, or if they were previously positive** and have since been cleared, unless otherwise specified by the health unit.

Asymptomatic household members of symptomatic individuals are not required to isolate if they are fully immunized*, or if they were previously positive** and have since been cleared.

Unvaccinated family members of the symptomatic person would have to go home/isolate until results of the symptomatic person’s test are known.

*Fully immunized definition: For the purposes of case/contact/outbreak management, an individual is defined as fully immunized ≥14 days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series that is listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization or approved by Health Canada.  Individuals who are immunocompromised are excluded from this definition, in accordance with COVID-19 Fully Immunized and Previously Positive Individuals: Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance.

**Previously positive definition: For the purposes of case/contact/outbreak management, an individual is defined as previously positive if they were a confirmed case of COVID-19 where their initial positive result was ≤ 90 days ago and they have been cleared from their initial infection.  Individuals who are immunocompromised are excluded from this definition, in accordance with COVID-19 Fully Immunized and Previously Positive Individuals: Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance.

Students or staff who fail the screening and are required to test must seek this testing at an assessment centre.  Assessment centres conduct PCR testing (both rapid and regular); PCR tests can be used for diagnostic purposes and can rule out COVID-19 infection.  There should not be a cost associated with this testing.

When one of the above criteria has been met, the parent/guardian must complete the ‘Attestation for Return to School Following Illness’ form.

Students who develop symptoms at school and their asymptomatic family members should not take the school bus home.  Administrators are to contact parents/guardians to pick up their child(ren) at school.

Grey Bruce Public Health is providing the following infographic to help clarify the process should a student experience symptoms associated with COVID-19.  Please click on the button below to view the document.
  
Button that links to guidance for student screening

Bluewater District School Board is located on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
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