Last updated: November 30, 2022
The information on this page is meant to support parents, caregivers and families in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in our communities.
To prevent the spread of infections, it is important to stay home when sick.
Everyone has a role to play to reduce the spread of COVID-19. There are measures we can take to protect ourselves, our loved ones and those most vulnerable in our community. Each measure provides an added layer of protection.
For information on other School Health resources visit our Health Information & Resources for Elementary & Secondary Schools webpage.
Download the Screening Poster and Questionnaire for Child Care, Day Camps and Schools. Also available in multiple languages.
There are many reasons children/students may have symptoms that are not related to COVID-19 or another respiratory infection. Examples include:
Children/students who have a history of related or known causes of symptoms for conditions they already have can confirm that from a medical doctor or nurse practitioner, if needed, noting that the child has another condition that explains the child’s/student’s symptoms.
Children/students with a chronic health issue that is medically diagnosed and unrelated to COVID-19 should look for new, different or worsening symptoms. If the child/student has a chronic health condition and symptoms are getting worse, they should stay home and speak to a health care provider or seek medical attention.
A close contact is someone who is living with or exposed to someone who tested positive or has symptoms while that person was contagious. Someone is contagious from 48 hours before symptoms start or their test date (whichever came first), until they complete their self-isolation.
Your child is a close contact if:
In the community, it is the responsibility of the individual with COVID-19 symptoms or COVID-19 positive test to determine who their close contacts are and to notify them of their potential exposure.
The Province has announced that, effective March 21, 2022, masks will no longer be required for staff, students, children or any other individuals in school/child care settings. Even in the absence of regulations requiring their use, masking continues to be an important part of our community’s response to the pandemic. Toronto Public Health (TPH) strongly recommends wearing a well-fitting, high quality mask in all indoor public settings especially if you are around people who are at higher risk (such as children under 5, seniors or those who have a health condition). Masking is an important measure that can be used to protect ourselves and one another.
Visit COVID-19: Vaccines for 6 Months to Under 5 Years Old to learn about COVID-19 vaccines for young children, vaccine safety and benefits and having a positive vaccine experience. Recordings of Virtual Information Sessions for Parents are also available.Visit COVID-19: Vaccines for 5 to 17 Year Olds to learn about vaccine safety and benefits, specialized accommodations/clinics, and how to talk to your child about getting the vaccine.
Visit School Immunization Program for information about accessing Meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines, and Immunization for Preschoolers for information about childhood vaccines for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Read Public Health letters to parents/guardians: