Health Checking – Updates

Protocols for 2021-2022: CLICK HERE (Updated 1 Oct 2021)


Keep Children Home If Sick

We want to remind parents to keep your child home if they are sick. This will help keep other students and staff stay healthy and safe during the current pandemic.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR KIDS AT HOME IF THEY HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS INCLUDING: HEAD COLD, RUNNY NOSE, FLU, COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR ANY OTHER ILLNESS. PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME UNTIL THEY ARE SYMPTOM-FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT MEDICATION.

The following information was recently published by the BC Centre for Disease Control and is helpful in answering the question: When should I get tested for COVID-19?

Notification for Self-isolating or Self-monitoring

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they are legally required to isolate. If your child is a household contact of a confirmed case, it is strongly recommended that they get tested and wait for the results before returning to school.

This year, the following process has been determined by the provincial Public Health Officer for notifying parents if their child needs to self-isolate or self-monitor due to a possible exposure of COVID:

  1. The Fraser Health Authority will continue to communicate directly to students or staff who test positive for COVID-19.
  2. Fraser Health interviews the confirmed case to determine how the person was infected and who they were in close contact with while infectious.
  3. If the confirmed case was infectious while they attended school OR it is determined that they were infected at school, Fraser Health will inform the school administrator and
    • Request class lists
    • Determine if there are any confirmed close contacts
    • Coordinate with the school to develop and implement a communications plan, including who should be notified, how and when.
  4. Parents will be notified by Fraser Health if they are a confirmed close contact.
  5. Confirmed close contacts could be asked by Fraser Health to self-isolate or self-monitor for 14 days from the last exposure.
  6. Self-monitoring may continue to attend school, but if symptoms develop, they must get tested.
  7. Self-isolating must stay home and if symptoms develop, they must get tested

Please note that Fraser Health initiates the communication process and contact tracing to determine how and when a person was infected and who else may have been at risk of infection.


LINK: When to get tested for COVID-19

LINK: What to Do – Close Contact with Person with COVID-19


Daily Health Check: CLICK HERE

HealthlinkBC 8-1-1 Information:
https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/about-8-1-1

HealthLinkBC Flu Checklist:
https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/facts-about-influenza

BC Health Self Assessment Tool for COVID-19:
https://bc.thrive.health/


FLU or COLD Symptoms

To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mount and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours.  A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.  Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flus begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school.  Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school.  Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.

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