The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has released instructions on a safe return to school for students who have cold or flu symptoms.
If a child becomes sick, the provincial Return to School protocols are being supplemented by the Grey Bruce Health Unit to require that the child will be permitted to return to school if:
Siblings of the child who is not well can continue to attend school as long as they are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms and have not been informed by Public Health to remain at home due to being a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
“The 24 hour observation period was designed to verify if a symptoms persist, so we don’t send a child for testing for one cough. However, if the symptom persisted for 24 hours, even though improving, it is still a symptom that needs to be addressed through testing or isolation." says Dr. Ian Arra, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health. “Allowing a child to go back with improving symptom in this context defeat the purpose of the observation period.”
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