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COVID-19 Updates

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. My child has woken up not feeling well, what do I do?

If you notice that your child has a new or worsening symptom, what you do depends on the symptom and how usual they are for your child.

 

If your child has new or worsening:

  • Fever/chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Decreased or loss of smell or taste

Your child should isolate immediately and you should contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19, or if they should get tested for COVID-19.

If your cold has ONE new or worsening symptom (that is not related to a known cause or condition) that include:

  • Sore throat 

  • Stuffy nose/runny nose

  • Headache

  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

  • Fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches/malaise

Your child should stay home for 48 hours to be monitored to see whether the symptoms get better or worsen. If they start to feel better and symptoms are improving, they can return to school when well enough to do so and no COVID-19 test is needed. 

If the symptoms get worse, you should contact your health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, or if your child should be tested for COVID-19. 

If your child has TWO or MORE new or worsening symptoms (that are not related to a known cause or condition) that include:

  • Sore throat 

  • Stuffy nose/runny nose

  • Headache

  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

  • Fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches/malaise

Your child should isolate immediately and you should contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, if your child should be tested for COVID-19.

 

  1. My child has a runny nose, what should I do?

If your child’s only symptom is a runny nose, you should keep your child home and monitor their symptoms as you would in any other year. When they feel better, they are ready to go back to school and no COVID-19 testing is needed. If they get worse or develop other symptoms, you should contact your health care provider for more advice. Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g. runny nose) may be ongoing at time of return to school if other symptoms have resolved. 

  1. Who in my family needs to be tested along with my child?

If your child has been identified as needing a test and everyone else in the family is well, no testing of other family members is needed. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the local public health unit will contact your family and make a plan for additional testing of all close contacts. 

  1. I need more information to feel confident in my assessment, what do I do?

If you need additional information about COVID-19 or have a question specific to your child and their health please contact your health care provider or York Region Public Health. 

  1. What do I do if one of my children is showing symptoms but the other(s) are not?

Siblings or other household contacts of symptomatic individuals with no known risk factors (close contact to a confirmed or probable case or recent travel) may attend school unless they are symptomatic. If the child tests positive their siblings and other household contacts would then not be permitted at the school and required to self-isolate. 

Please note that out of an abundance of caution, Pickering College Health Centre has made the decision to go over and above York Region Public Health recommended time away from school increasing it from 24 to 48 hours in an effort to ensure there is sufficient time for our parents to fully assess the progress of the symptoms in their child(ren). 


**COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care - Version 1 - October 1 2020

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