Below you will find the most recent updates, releases, and documents provided to Mentor College & TEAM School by Ontario Ministry of Health, Peel Public Health, & Trillium Health Partners
With the end of 2021 quickly approaching, Peel Public Health wishes to thank you for continued efforts to protect students and schools from COVID-19. This letter provides information on expanded options for COVID-19 PCR diagnostic testing in pharmacies and reminders about international travel over the holidays.
The Region of Peel has not been able to provide the free, in-school vaccination clinics for Grade 7 and 8 classes since the pandemic began and as a result, most students from Grade 7 to 10 are currently not protected from Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Hepatitis B (Hep B), or Meningococcal ACYW-135.
In response to the Omicron surge, the Ministry of Health has directed local public health units to focus on managing COVID-19 in the highest risk settings like hospitals and long-term care homes. Since children generally experience milder disease, Ministry guidance has indicated that child care settings are not considered a high-risk setting.
Children and youth are currently experiencing high infection and hospitalization rates from a “triple threat” of viruses: RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), influenza (flu) and COVID-19. To protect your family before and during the winter break, Peel Public Health strongly recommends using multiple layers of protection against respiratory infections:
In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, reduce absenteeism, and to continue to support our school communities, the Ministry of Education offered rapid antigen test kits for symptomatic students and staff just prior to the March Break. We are providing updated guidance regarding the use and handling of rapid antigen tests.
Dear Families, On behalf of Peel Public Health, welcome back to a new school year. The last few years have been challenging for families and we thank you for following public health measures to keep our community safe.
Peel Public Health welcomes the re-opening of schools next week to best support students’ learning needs and their mental health and well-being. We recognize parents and students are concerned about returning during a time of high transmission with the Omicron COVID-19 variant. In response to a less severe variant and generally milder disease in children, the province has changed its approach to the management of COVID-19 exposures in schools. The following letter provides a summary of the provincial updates and important information on actions students should take to reduce their risk of COVID-19 in schools.
When your child is ready to return to school after experiencing symptoms, an exposure to COVID-19, or returning from travel outside of Canada, complete this form and check off only 1 box. Return this form to your child’s school principal. Your signature as a parent or guardian of the child, confirms that the information is true. This is important to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of all staff and students in the school. Please note: When getting a COVID-19 test, rapid antigen tests (e.g. PanBioTM) should not be used for anyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 or anyone who has symptoms as they are less accurate than lab-based tests.
Coping with COVID-19 can be stressful for school communities and families. Together we can be resilient and reduce spread. Use the Return to School form when your child is ready to return to school. If your child has been asked to stay home from school because they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or due to a potential COVID-19 exposure, here are resources to help you care for them and your household during this period.
Dear Parent/Guardian, Winter virus season has come early to Ontario and children and youth are currently at increased risk of a “triple threat” of viruses: RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), influenza (flu) and COVID-19. It’s not too late to take action to reduce the risk of getting sick, developing severe illness, or spreading viruses to others.
What to do if your child is dismissed from school or child care. Coping with COVID-19 can be stressful for families. It’s important to follow the instructions outlined in your child’s letter. Together we can be resilient and reduce spread in households and our community.
When you are ready to return to school after experiencing symptoms, an exposure to COVID-19, or returning from travel outside of Canada, complete this form and check off only 1 box. Return this form to your school principal. Your signature confirms that the information is true. This is important to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of all staff and students in the school. Please note: When getting a COVID-19 test, rapid antigen tests (e.g. PanBioTM) should not be used for anyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 or anyone who has symptoms as they are less accurate than lab-based tests.
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