Back to School with McMaster Children’s Hospital
McMaster Children’s Hospital has prepared a series of videos with practical information for families during the return to school (September 2021).
- Symptomatic Student Or Staff At School Decision Guide (Hamilton Public Health Services)
- Symptomatic Student Or Staff At Home Decision Guide (Hamilton Public Health Services)
Please see COVID-19 Guidance School Case Contact and Outbreak Management (August 2021)
COVID and School-based Illness
- If a child becomes “ill” at school, they will be advised to seek medical advice including a recommendation for testing as appropriate OR as advised by a medical provider.
- If symptomatic and tested for COVID they must isolate until results are available.
- If negative, they may return to school 24 hours after resolution of symptoms.
- If positive, they must isolate for 14 days minimum.
- If a child is exposed to a COVID positive individual at school they will be identified by the school and Public Health as high or low risk.
- If high risk, Public Health will advise isolation and Public Health will advise regarding testing.
- If low risk, they may continue to attend school if well.
- If a child has a family member who is COVID positive the child must isolate for 14 days.
Summarized by Tammy Packer from Govenment Documents below
- Navigating Patient Concerns and Requests around return to school in COVID-19 (Centre for Effective Practice)
Notes for return to school – this is taken directly from MOH return to school guidance: “Barriers to return to school, such as requirement of medical notes or proof of negative tests, should be avoided.”
- COVID-19 Health Risk Framework for Work Accommodations
- OMA COVID Clearance Attestation Form, patients can be directed to this in the Patient Resources section of this website
- Regarding pregnant teachers asking for exemption notes, this is the SOGC’s statement on pregnant workers: SOGC Statement on Pregnant Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- And also this: Sick note requests as the school year approaches (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan)