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COVID-19 Screening

This tool provides basic information only and contains recommendations for children to support decision making by parents about whether their child should attend school/childcare and/or needs to be tested for COVID-19. This can be used to assess symptoms of any child who attends child care or school (junor, intermediate, high school). It is not to be used as a clinical assessment tool or intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Screening must occur daily and at home before a child enters school or child care.

When assessing for the symptoms below, you should focus on evaluating if they are new, worsening, or different from your child’s baseline health status or usual state (check off “Yes”). Symptoms associated with known chronic health conditions or related to other known causes/conditions should not be considered unless new, different or worsening (check off “No”). (see examples below).

If your child has been sent for testing and have received a negative result, they should no longer have a fever, symptoms have improved and your child is feeling well, your child may return to school/childcare. Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g., runny nose or mild cough that may persist following infections) may be ongoing at time of return to school/child care if other symptoms have resolved.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

You can go to school/childcare if you or anyone in your household got a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours and is experiencing any of these symptoms that are mild and only began after vaccination:

  • headache
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • muscle aches
  • joint pain

You and everyone in your household must stay home if anyone has COVID-19 symptoms (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine, as noted above) or is waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.

Stay home until the person with symptoms gets a negative COVID-19 test result, or is cleared by public health, or is diagnosed with another illness.

This screening cannot diagnose you. If you have medical questions, consult a health care provider or your local public health unit.  Listen to the advice of your local public health unit first, as their advice overrules the advice in this screening.

You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school/childcare.

1. In the last 14 days, has the student/child, or anyone they live with, travelled outside of Canada? If exempt from quarantine requirements (for example, an essential worker who crosses the Canada-US border regularly for work), Select No.*
2. Has a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that the student/child should currently be isolating (staying at home)? This can be because of an outbreak or contact tracing.*
3. In the last 14 days, has the student/child been identified as a 'close contact' of someone who currently has COVID-19*
4. In the last 14 days, has the student/child received a COVID Alert exposure notification on their cell phone? If they already went for a test and got a negative result, select NO.*
5. Is the student/child currently experiencing any of these symptoms? Choose any/all that are new, worsening, and not related to other known causes or conditions they already have. If the student/child received a COVID-19 vaccination in the last 48 hours and is experiencing mild fatigue and/or mild muscle aches/joint pain that only began after vaccination, select “No.”*
6. Is someone that the student/child lives with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms? If the individual experiencing symptoms received a COVID-19 vaccination in the last 48 hours and is experiencing mild headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and/or joint pain that only began after vaccination, select “No.”*
7. Is someone available during the day for pickup should your child develop symptoms while in care that require them to be sent home?*
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