Under the advice of the Ministry of Health & Education, the daily health check list which parents have asked to do each day has been updated, and School District is adopting the new check list for Tuesday, October 13th.
Superintendent/CEO Peter Jory notes, “A number of symptoms have been dropped from the revised list, as these were determined to have little or no statistical connection to the frequency of positive COVID-19 tests.”
He adds, “Some districts went to the new form right away. We did decide to delay for a couple of weeks as some parents and staff were attached to the previous list, and we wanted a just little more time for stakeholders to hear and digest the provincial messaging”.
Our schools and the Parent Connect interface will be using the updated check lists starting on Tuesday. Parents and guardians are asked to review this information daily and respond appropriately.
The new check list is as follows:
If you answered “YES” to any of the above symptoms, and they are not related to a pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies), your child should NOT attend school.
If only one symptom (excluding fever) is present: your child should stay home and can self-monitor/be monitored for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptom continues past that window or worsens, seek a health assessment. If the symptom improves, your child may return to school when they feel well enough.
If your child has a fever, or if two or more key symptoms are present: seek a health assessment. A health assessment can include calling 811 or a
primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner – the assessment will determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended.
2. International travel
Have you returned from travel outside Canada in the last 14 days?
3. Confirmed Contact
Are you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have a case of COVID-19?
If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3, or if you’re worried about new symptoms you’ve identified, use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 to determine if you should seek testing for COVID-19.
After a period of illness, when is it safe to return to school?
If a COVID-19 test has been recommended, follow the guidance provided by the health professional you’re working with (guidelines also listed in BC
Centre for Disease Control link below). If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment, your child can return to school when symptoms improve and they feel well enough to do so.
Interior Health has many resources on their website which parents may wish to view including: