COVID-19 School Screening
Students, teachers and school staff need to check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. The Ministry’s COVID-19 School Screening will help you decide if you should or should not go to school.
Take the COVID-19 school screening here
. Please note, this screening is not a diagnostic tool. If you have medical questions, consult a health care provider or Hamilton Public Health Services
. Listen to the advice of Public Health first, as their advice overrules the advice in this screening.
Public Health Services
The HWCDSB has been working with Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) to develop procedures and protocols, based on the most recent data and evidence, to monitor and respond to reports of COVID-19 symptoms.
PHS Protocol for Children with COVID-19 symptoms:
Child has COVID-19 symptoms while at school
Child has COVID-19 symptoms while at home
Maintaining public health measures such as staying home when you are sick, physical distancing, hand washing and mask wearing will be very important to reduce the likelihood of infection, contain outbreaks and protect those who are most vulnerable. Everyone has a part to play to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, including parents, school boards, and public health.
For School Re-opening Resources for Parents, please visit the City of Hamilton website
Provincial Outbreak Protocol
On August 26th, the provincial government released an Operational Guidance: COVID-19 Management in Schools
document which outlines protocols for school boards in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. The plan provides guidance on prevention, record-keeping/contact tracing, the importance of home screening, the role of local public health, infection control measures, and appropriate steps to take should a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19.
In addition to the provincial guidance, the HWCDSB has been working with Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) to develop procedures and protocols, based on the most recent data and evidence, to monitor and respond to reports of COVID-19 symptoms and cases. Details of the board’s system action plan for suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 are outlined in our Nurturing Hope: Parent Guide on the Reopening of HWCDSB Schools
During the pandemic, the HWCDSB has made every effort to respond in a timely and effective way to the numerous and complex challenging issues that have arisen. The province’s COVID-19 Management Plan for school boards
is an added resource that will assist the HWCDSB in our commitment to make our schools as safe as possible.
Reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19: COVID-19 Advisory Website
Information on confirmed cases of COVID-19 that involve a student or a staff member in a school setting will be posted in the COVID-19 advisory section on the HWCDSB website. In the interests of privacy, information will not identify the student or staff member that has received a positive COVID-19 test.
If Hamilton Public Health advises that a class, cohort or school should be closed for a period of time, parents, students and staff will be notified immediately. Notice of any closures of classes, cohorts or schools will be posted on school/board websites and in the HWCDSB COVID-19 advisory