Information for Parents & Caregivers
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The school year looks a little different this year, but keeping students healthy and safe is everyone’s focus. Learn what you need to do this year to help us stop the spread of the virus.
What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?
One of the most important ways to stop the spread of the virus is to make sure that people stay home if they are sick. The recommendations about getting your child tested, or how long they should stay home, depends on the type(s) of symptoms they have or whether or not they have been exposed to the virus. Learn more about that to do if your child has symptoms:
View the flowchart below on what to do if a child has symptoms of COVID-19
What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 in my child’s school?
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is working closely with local school boards and schools to establish policies and procedures to protect the health of staff and students, while stopping the spread of COVID-19.
If a student becomes ill during the day while at school, the student will be isolated and should be picked up as soon as possible by a parent or caregiver.
- Parents should follow the guidance of what to do if their child has symptoms of COVID-19 before returning to school
If a positive case is identified in a school, the Public Health Nurse will work with the school to identify who else in the school could have been exposed to the virus (i.e., a high-risk close contacts). High-risk close contacts will be sent home immediately and given instructions on how to self-isolate. Please note that only those identified as a close contact will be contacted directly by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
- Siblings living in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should also stay home
- Public health will be in contact with the positive case and close contacts with guidance for when to return to school
If your child is identified as a high-risk contact of a positive case, they will be asked to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus. This means that your child cannot attend school until they are cleared by the public health unit. A Public Health Nurse will stay in contact with you to monitor when it is safe to return to school.
Other members of your household not identified as a high-risk close contact of a positive case are not required to self-isolate, but should monitor for symptoms.
How can I help my child understand COVID-19?
Getting a COVID-19 diagnosis or being told that you may have been exposed to the virus can be scary and cause anxiety. The following resources can help you support your child’s mental health:
- How to support your child’s mental health during COVID-19 and the return to school
- Mental Health Resources in Windsor and Essex County A list of programs and services available in Windsor and Essex County to support student mental health
- Information to help us put an end to COVID-19 stigma and prevent discrimination in school.
Looking for more resources? Access our Return to School Resources page