Hello Families,

Our new reality includes constant updates from the Ministry, Public Health, and the School Board. 
We are working hard to keep you updated as we get new information on our end.

Last week we sent you an update about what happens when your child feels sick at school.

At that time – any school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students were required to “self-isolate” 
at home until their ill sibling / child had either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor 
to return to school — and were free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

Our procedures remain the same:
  1. The classroom teacher will contact the office and the student will come down.
  2. A staff member from the office will escort the student to our isolation room where we will discuss how they 
    are feeling and gain insight as to what their symptoms might be.
  3. The student’s temperature will be taken with our contactless thermometer.
  4. If they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (which in some cases can mirror other illnesses), we will be 
    contacting parents to come and pick up the child immediately.
  • Parents, please have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” in place in case your child needs to be picked up during the 
    day.
  1. When you come to pick up your child, we will be speaking to you about the symptoms that we see and we 
    will in most cases encourage you to take them for a COVID-19 test. You also have the option of, and we 
    will encourage you to, take them to a Health Care Professional (e.g. family doctor, nurse practitioner, 
    walk-in clinic, etc.)
NOW — any school-attending sibling(s) are allowed to attend school so long as they are asymptomatic themselves 
and will rigorously “self-monitor” for the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. This means a sibling will NOT be sent 
home at the same time as a child who may not be feeling well. However, their ill sibling must still self-isolate 
until they have either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor to return to school – and 
are free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

PLEASE NOTE — Symptomatic children or school staff who have a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their 
infectious period or have travelled in the past 14 days, (and their household contacts) must still self-isolate 
pending the test result of the symptomatic individual, and must not attend work or school until the symptomatic 
individual(s) receive a negative test.

We do want to continue maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for all our students, so we also 
encourage all families and individuals to use the Ontario government’s school screening tool, available at: 
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

The screening tool is also available on our WCDSB homepage at https://www.wcdsb.ca/

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff