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COVID-19 Screening

COVID-19 Daily Screening
Posted on 02/08/2021

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 tools 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 with any COVID-19 symptoms as per the screening questionnaire is to remain at home until either:

FOR STUDENTS ONLY: 
They had only one symptom that has resolved within a 24-hour observation period AND they passed the online screening tool (or paper version)*; OR

FOR STAFF ONLY: They passed the online
self-screening tool*; AND

  • They were tested for COVID-19 AND they had a negative COVID-19 test after starting to feel sick AND have been symptom-free or symptoms have improved for 24 hours AND have not been told by the Grey Bruce Health Unit or a healthcare provider to continue to self-isolate for a total of 14 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).

*Please note, when assessing symptoms, it is recommended that staff and students use the provincial online tool as it contains many caveats/exceptions for symptoms that may support the ability to stay in school.  For example, if the symptom is nausea, the tool allows for nausea due to a pre-existing condition, such as anxiety.

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

All asymptomatic household contacts, up to and including Grade 4, of symptomatic individuals, whose symptoms persist beyond 24 hours, are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:
   ○ receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
   ○ receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.

All siblings/family members in Grade 5 and older must self-monitor until there is a negative test for COVID-19 or for 14 days, but may remain at school/work.  The decision to allow students in Grades 5-12 and staff to self-monitor rather than isolate while waiting for a household member’s COVID-19 testing results is based on a belief in the medical community that individuals of this age can reliably report symptoms.  In situations where a student with special education needs is believed to be unable to reliably report their symptoms, the decision can be made to have the child isolate.

If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual.

Effective February 8, 2021, all secondary students must provide verbal confirmation of daily self-screening to their homeroom teacher. If any secondary student has not completed the self-screening, they will need to complete the online screening tool (or paper version) for students.

Effective January 25, 2021, all staff must provide confirmation of daily self-screening prior to or upon arrival at school/work by completing this attestation.

If you have any questions, please call the school for further information.

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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