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Ministry Of Education Changes Screening Criteria For Students Before They Can Attend Class

KAWARTHA LAKES-If you have a student attending school the Ministry of Education’s has made the following changes to the COVID-19 school screening criteria today:

  • Staff or students with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the Ministry of Health’s Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.

  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

All Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) students and staff are required to screen for COVID-19 symptoms every morning before coming to school using the Ministry of Health’s Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Additionally, any student who lives with someone who has travelled out of the country in the last 14 days cannot go to school and must contact the school/child care to let them know about this result. They should isolate (stay home) for 14 days immediately after their family members return except for a medical emergency and follow the advice of public health.

The Ministry of Education also announced plans to expand targeted COVID-19 testing for staff and students in all school boards across the province.

TLDSB is pleased to be able to facilitate voluntary targeted COVID-19 testing in partnership with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit; and the Ministry of Education.

In addition to daily screening, masking, and the other health and safety measures, targeted testing in schools is an important layer of protection that helps to limit the spread of COVID-19. Targeted testing will help ensure that our schools remain a safe environment for all to learn and work in.

It is important to note that targeted COVID-19 testing is voluntary for asymptomatic students and staff. Consent will be required from parents/guardians of students under 18 years old. 

Further information and instructions will be shared with TLDSB families once school sites and dates have been established.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your school principal. All COVID-19 information and updates can be found at tldsb.ca/covid19/.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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