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Update (COVID, Street Safety, Pumpkin email clarification)

13 Oct

Good afternoon Summit Heights Parents,

In this update you will find information on the updated COVID-19-protocols (from the TDSB/TPH), reminders about safe driving/walking during drop-off and pick-up, and a clarification about the JK/SK Virtual School student pumpkin email sent out earlier.

Updated COVID-symptom Protocols

What happens if a Student is showing symptoms of COVID-19
If symptoms appear at school students must wait in the Wellness Room until picked up or arrangements can be made.

Once the Student is picked up, the parent should:

  • seek testing for COVID-19 or speak to their health care provider and isolate as appropriate
  • if positive for COVID-19, inform Mr. Mah in writing
  • refer to when the Student can return to School process below:

 

Students with symptoms
1. If a student has any new or worsening symptoms of [fever, cough, difficulty breathing or loss of taste/smell]: The student must stay home, self-isolate, and get tested or contact their health care provider. The student’s household members will have to self-monitor for symptoms. They may go to school or work if they don’t have symptoms, and the student is not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 (A).

2. If a student has ONE of the following symptoms of [sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, headache, nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea, muscle ache/fatigue]: The student must stay home for 24 hours. If the symptom is improving, they can return to school 24 hours later. Testing is not needed. If the symptom is not improving after 24 hours or is getting worse, the student should stay home, self-isolate and get tested or contact their health care provider.

3. If a student has TWO of the following symptoms of [sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, headache, nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea, muscle ache/fatigue]: The student must stay home, self-isolate for 10 days, and get tested or contact their health care provider.

Students with a Laboratory Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Test

  • Students they must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the symptoms first appear. They may return to school after 10 days if they do not have a fever (without use of medication), and their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.
  • Students without symptoms must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days, from the day the test was done.
  • Family members of the student who test positive should self-isolate and follow public health advice.

 

Students with Negative Test
Students can go back to school if their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours, and if they are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 (A) or have travelled outside of Canada (B).

Students who are not tested – Alternative diagnosis
Students with an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that is not related to COVID-19 can go back to school once their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours. Family members without symptoms, should self-monitor, and can go back to school or work.

Students who are not tested for COVID-19
If a student is not tested and has any new or worsening symptoms not related to an existing medical condition:

  • ONE of the following symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing or loss of taste/smell.
  • ONE of the following symptoms that does not improve in 24 hours: sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, headache, nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea, muscle ache/fatigue.
  • TWO of the following symptoms: sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, headache, nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea, muscle ache/fatigue].

 

  • The student must self-isolate for 10 days from the date their symptom(s) first appear. They may return to school after 10 days if they do not have a fever (without taking medication), and their symptoms are improving for 24 hours.

 

Students who are close contacts of someone with COVID-19
Students in close contact with a person with COVID-19 must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure.

Back to School Confirmation Form
Parents can complete a Back to School Confirmation Form to provide to the school to confirm the child is safe to return to school.
Toronto Public Health is not recommending or requiring medical notes for return to school.

Drop-off and Pick-up Safety
A reminder to please drive slowly and cautiously when near our school (including in the parking lot, on Armour Blvd and Delhi) at drop-off and pick-up.  Likewise, parents, please use sidewalks when walking with your children.  If a street does not have a sidewalk (such as Northmount), please walk your children along the side of the street (where it is safe to do so).  If your child walks to school on their own, please review these reminders with your child.

Finally, a reminder that when parking your car on a street near our school (such as on Delhi), please park in the same direction of traffic.  Parking while facing traffic can be confusing to pedestrians and other drivers on the street, particularly when you pull out of your parking spot.

Pumpkin Delivery Emailonly for JK or SK parents who’s child is in Virtual School
Please note, the email that was sent our earlier today (regarding pumpkins being dropped off) only applies to parents of a JK or SK student who is currently in the TDSB Virtual School.  Please do not reply to that email if your child is not a JK/SK student in the Virtual School right now.

Thank you for reading,

Mr. B. Mah,
Principal.

 

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