How Health Checks Work

Posted On Friday September 18, 2020

For parents or caregivers with questions about the Acknowledgement to Complete Daily Health Check, it’s worth taking a closer look at what they need to know about assessing the health of their child(ren) every morning. This is what they acknowledge actions they will take regarding key symptoms of illness, if there is a confirmed contact with COVID-19, or if there is international travel.

Key Symptoms of Illness

What does that look like, and what happens if a child has one of the symptoms, such as chills or a cough? The simple answer is that for all the listed symptoms, excluding fever, parents acknowledge they will keep that child home for 24 hours from when the symptoms started. If the child’s condition improves and the child is feeling well enough, they can return to school. Parents should seek a health assessment if: the symptom persists, or worsens; if the symptom is a fever; or if the child has more than two symptoms.

Students who experience seasonal allergies or other key symptoms that are related to an existing condition can continue to attend school when they are experiencing these symptoms, as normal. If they experience any change in symptoms, they should seek a health assessment.

Here is the list of symptoms parents and guardians are asked to check for:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

A health assessment includes calling 8-1-1 or a primary care provider like a doctor or nurse practitioner. If a health assessment is required, the child should not return to school until COVID-19 has been ruled out and symptoms have improved.

Confirmed Contact                                                                                                                

If a child is a confirmed contact of a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19, parents acknowledge they must keep the child home, self-isolate, and take direction from Public Health.

International Travel

If the child(ren) have returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days, parents acknowledge the child(ren) will stay home and self-isolate for at least 14 days from their arrival in Canada; or 10 days after the onset of symptoms, whichever is longer.

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