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Screening Poster for Child Care, Day Camps and Schools

Download the Screening Poster for Child Care, Day Camps and Schools. Size 8.5 x 11 inches.

Also available in French | Simplified Chinese

Screening Poster for Staff/Visitors/Adult Learners to Child Care, Day Camps and Schools

Download the Screening Poster for Staff/Visitors/Adult Learners to Child Care, Day Camps and Schools. Size 8.5 x 11 inches.

Also available in French.

screenshot of screening questionnaire for child care/school staff/visitors

Screening Questionnaire for Child Care, Day Camps and Schools

Download the Screening Questionnaire for Child Care, Day Camps and Schools. Size 8.5 x 11 inches.

Also available in French | Simplified Chinese 

Screening Questionnaire for Staff/Visitors/Adult Learners to Child Care, Day Camps and Schools

Download the Screening Questionnaire for Staff/Visitors/Adult Learners to Child Care, Day Camps and Schools. Size 8.5 x 11 inches.

Also available in French.

screenshot of screening questionnaire for child care/school staff/visitors

COVID-19 symptom screening:

All students and staff must complete a self-screening questionnaire before going to school each day. Students/staff with a chronic health issue that is medically diagnosed and unrelated to COVID-19, should look for new, different or worsening symptoms.

A) Does the student/staff or anyone in the household have 1 or more of these new or worsening symptoms, today, or in the last [5 or 10] days on the symptom screener?

  • Fever >37.8°C and/or chills
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell

B) Does the student/staff or anyone in the household have 2 or more of these new or worsening symptoms today, or in the last [5 or 10] days on the symptom screener?

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Feeling very tired
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Muscle aches joint pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Student/staff has 1 or more symptoms from A) and/or 2 or more symptoms from B) in the last [5 or 10] days

  • The student/staff must stay home and isolate, and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
  • If the student/staff is 12 years of age and older AND fully vaccinated, OR 11 years or younger, regardless of vaccination status:
    • They must self-isolate for at least 5 days from the day symptoms started and stay in isolation until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if nausea/vomiting/diarrhea), whichever is longer in duration.
    • Use test date if no symptoms
  • If the student/staff is 12 years of age or older AND not fully vaccinated, OR immunocompromised:
    • They must self-isolate for 10 days from the day symptoms started AND stay in isolation until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if nausea/vomiting/diarrhea) and they do not have a fever, whichever is longer in duration.
    • Use test date if no symptoms
  • All household members of student/staff, regardless of vaccination status should:
    • Stay at home and self-isolate at the same time while the student is isolating
    • If household members develop symptoms, they should follow isolation directions for symptomatic individuals.

Student/staff has no symptoms from A) and only one symptom from list B) in the last [5 or 10] days

  • The student/staff is advised to self-isolate until symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if nausea/vomiting/diarrhea).
  • The student/staff should seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.
  • Household members do not need to self-isolate.

Student/staff has symptoms and has an alternative medical diagnosis. Not tested for COVID-19.

  • If the symptoms are from a known health condition diagnosed by a healthcare provider (not related to COVID-19), the student/staff does not have to self-isolate.
  • If the symptoms are new, different, or worsening, the student/staff should stay home and self-isolate, and follow guidance under the section, “Student/staff has 1 or more symptoms from A) and/or 2 or more symptoms from B) in the last [5 or 10] days

Testing eligibility and availability:

  • PCR tests or Rapid Antigen test (RATs) may be used when a student or staff has COVID-19 symptoms, based on provincial supply.
  • Take-home PCR self-collection kits can be used at the school if a student or staff develops s symptoms while at school, based on provincial supply.
  • If no testing is available, based on COVID-19 symptoms as outlined above in the section COVID-19 Symptom Screening, the person is considered to have Omicron and has to stay home and self-isolate.

Student/staff had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last [5 or 10] days and has tested negative for COVID-19 on a single PCR test or on two rapid antigen tests

  • If a PCR or rapid antigen test is available to the student/staff, it may be used to assess if the symptoms are related to COVID-19.
  • If a single PCR test or two consecutive rapid antigen tests, separated by 24-48 hours, are both negative, the student/staff is advised to self-isolate until symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if nausea/vomiting/diarrhea) and then can return to school. Household members will no longer need to self-isolate

Student/staff has tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR, rapid molecular, or rapid antigen test in the last [5 or 10] days

  • The student/staff must stay home and self-isolate, and should only leave for a medical emergency.
  • Follow guidance under the section “Student/staff has 1 or more symptoms from A) and/or 2 or more symptoms from B) in the last [5 or 10] days”.

Student/staff has been identified as a close contact with someone who currently has COVID-19 outside of the household and has no symptoms.

  • Close contact exposures in the community are notified by the person who has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. They can include playdates, indoor gatherings, indoor activities/sports. Students/staff only exposed at school with all public health measures in place are not generally considered close contacts.
  • If the student/staff is fully vaccinated AND have no symptoms
  • They do not need to self-isolate; the student/staff can attend school/child care. The student/staff should monitor for symptoms for 10 days, wear a mask, keep a physical distance and take precautions when leaving the home. The student/staff must not visit a high risk setting or anyone who is at risk of getting very sick (e.g., senior, immunocompromised).
  • As long as the student/staff does not develop symptoms, household members are not required to stay home.
  • The student/staff must self-isolate right away if symptoms develop.
  • If the student is under 11 years of age or younger AND either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated:
    • The student must stay home and self-isolate for 5 days from their last exposure.
  • If the student/staff is 12 years of age and older and either partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, OR immune compromised:
  • The student/staff must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days from their last exposure.

Student has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and has one or more symptoms

  • Follow guidance under the section, “Student/staff has 1 or more symptoms from A) and/or 2 or more symptoms from B) in the last [5 or 10] days”.

Household member has symptoms of COVID-19

  • The student/staff and the rest of the household must self-isolate for the duration of the household member who has COVID-19 symptoms isolation period, whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
  • If the household member is 12 years of age and older AND fully vaccinated, OR 11 years or younger, regardless of vaccination status:
    • The student/staff must self-isolate for at least 5 days from the day the household member’s symptoms started AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if nausea/vomiting/diarrhea), whichever is longer in duration.
    • Use test date if no symptoms
  • If the household member is 12 years of age or older AND not fully vaccinated, OR immune compromised
    • The student/staff must self-isolate for 10 days from the day the household member’s symptoms started AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if nausea/vomiting/diarrhea) and they do not have a fever, whichever is longer in duration.
    • Use test date if no symptoms.

Student/staff has travelled outside of Canada

Back to School Confirmation Form

  • Toronto Public Health does not recommend or require medical notes for return to school.
  • It is the decision of each school or school board to decide if they choose to accept a Back to School Confirmation Form.

Download this information as a PDF (also available in French).

For general COVID- 19 inquiries:

  • Call the Toronto Public Health Hotline: 416-338-7600
  • Visit our website:
    • For general information: toronto.ca/COVID19
    • For school information: toronto.ca/COVID19SchoolInfo
    • For child care centres: toronto.ca/COVID19ChildCareInfo

To report:

  • Child/student or staff COVID-19 cases OR
  • Childcare/school absenteeism of children/students/staff that rises to approximately 30% above baseline absenteeism, fill out the survey at the following link:

Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Reporting for Schools and Child Care Centres

To report non-COVID-19 reportable communicable diseases:

  • Call the Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit Information Line:
    • 416-392-7411, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit website and fill out the Reportable Disease Notification Form and fax it to 416-392-0047. After Hours, call 311.

Download this information as a PDF.

Parents can complete a Back to Child Care/School Confirmation Form (fillable form) to provide to the school to confirm the child can return to school. Also available in French.

Mature minors/adult students can complete a Back to School Confirmation Form for Mature Minors/Adults (fillable form) to provide to the school principal.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for student nutrition programs.

TPH has established a team of liaison public health nurses to provide COVID-19 and mental health and well-being support to schools as they reopen

Read Toronto Public Health’s school information for parents and caregivers, including tips on how to prepare for school during COVID-19 and what parents need to know if there is a case of COVID-19 at school.

We all need to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It is important to find a mask that fits well and allows you to breathe easily.

When wearing a mask, some children may occasionally breathe through their mouth, leading to dry mouth.  Encourage frequent mask breaks throughout the day.

Practice good oral hygiene by:

  • Daily brushing and flossing.
  • Limiting sugary food and drinks.
  • Seeking dental care early.

To prevent dry mouth follow these tips:

  • Drink water more often.
  • Chew sugarless gum to increase the flow of saliva.
  • Avoid salty foods, dry foods and sugary food and drinks.
  • Adults should avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and vaping.

Call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 if you do not have dental coverage, or if you need emergency dental care. Information about dental clinics in Toronto is also available online here.

Download this information as a PDF. Also available in French.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and read Toronto Public Health’s information about COVID-19 vaccines and children and COVID-19 vaccine resource list for youth (also available in French).