Management of Ill Individuals
During School Hours
Students are made aware, in age-appropriate and non-stigmatizing language, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19 by their teacher/advisor. They will be instructed to speak to a staff member immediately if they feel ill.
Each teacher is provided with a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kit specifically for managing students or others who become ill during school hours. This kit will contain two masks (children size for younger grades) and gloves.
If an individual, including students, staff, contractors, visitors, parents, custodians, becomes ill while at school, including before and after care, it is recommended that:
- Anyone providing care to the ill individual should maintain as much physical distance as possible
- The ill individual should report to the Health Centre Isolation Area – staff should call to inform the Health Centre staff that someone is coming
- The Health Centre staff person caring for the individual should wear a medical mask and eye protection
- If tolerated, the ill individual should also wear a medical mask
- Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette should be practiced while the ill individual is waiting to be picked up
- Cleaning of the isolation room area and other areas of the school/boarding where the ill individual was should be conducted as soon as reasonably possible after the ill individual leaves
- The ill individual and/or parent or custodian will be advised to have the ill individual seek medical advice, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19 as appropriate or as advised by their medical practitioner
- The Health Centre can do a COVID-19 test on boarding students only
- Initiate communication plans to update and inform necessary stakeholders within the Pickering College community while maintaining confidentiality of the ill individual
- Regular school functions can continue unless directed otherwise by the York Region Public Health
- A list of students and staff in the school who were in contact with/in the same cohort as the ill individual should be prepared. Those who are identified as potential close contacts should remain cohorted. In most instances testing and isolation would only be recommended for contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
- Following recovery from COVID-19 students, faculty or staff may only return to school when they are symptom free (without the use of any medication), have tested negative or after a minimum of 10 days have passed since they became ill, and have received written clearance from their primary health care practitioner. If a student, faculty or staff member is assessed by their family physician or nurse practitioner and it is determined that they do NOT have COVID-19, they should notify their Director/Supervisor and Human Resources Manager and may return 48 hours after their symptoms have resolved without the use of medication.
International Boarding students who are ill with COVID-19 like symptoms will have their custodian contacted to pick them up within eight hours. in extenuating circumstances, students who cannot be cared for by their custodian, will be quarantined in the school’s Health Centre and cared for in the Health Centre until they are well and cleared to return to school. If there is not enough room in the Health Centre, students will be quarantined at the Comfort Inn – Newmarket (see page 14) and families will be responsible for all associated costs including the enhanced cleaning of the hotel room.
- If someone tests negative for COVID-19 they must remain off school/work for 48 hours after their symptoms have resolved without the use of medication.
- If someone tests positive for COVID-19 they must remain off school/work and quarantined for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. International students will stay with their local Custodian if they are quarantined due to COVID-19 type symptoms. Those international students unable to quarantine with their local custodian will be quarantined with the school, as described above - this is only in limited circumstances.
- There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Those who have COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. If the illness progresses and becomes severe, hospitalization may be necessary. For most people the cold like symptoms can be alleviated by pain/fever medication. Those with COVID-19 should also drink plenty of fluids, get as much rest and sleep as possible. A humidifier or hot shower may help with the sore throat and cough.