Posted on 02/01/2021
The following update have been provided by Ottawa Public Health for your information. 

Self-Assessment Tool
On Monday, Feb 1st we experienced a high volume of traffic to our screening tools for families and school staff which caused them to become unavailable. We have increased our server capacity to ensure the availability of the screening tools in the future, including active monitoring of our capacity tomorrow morning. Our supporting schools, as well as workplace websites house hard copies of the screening tools, and can be used to facilitate screening if families and staff are unable to access the electronic screening tool; they are also available for families who do not have access to the internet.

COVID-19 Testing for Children and the Return to School 01/31/2021 
As the school communities prepare for the return to in-person learning on February 1st, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) would like to remind families of the importance of taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 both within the schools and in the community. 

All families must complete the screening tool each morning before sending your child to school, and follow the instructions provided by the tool. Please keep in mind that it is possible to test positive for COVID-19 even with only a single mild symptom. If the screening tool does not require that you have your child tested, but you remain concerned about COVID-19, you can choose to keep your child at home and have them tested. 

Parents and guardians must complete the Ottawa Public Health (OPH) COVID self-assessment for every student before leaving home each day.

Families should monitor their child daily for symptoms of COVID-19, including days when their child will not be attending school. If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate at home and be tested as per the screening tool. 

When someone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19
If anyone in the household is showing symptom(s) of COVID-19, everyone, including siblings and other people in the house, must also self-isolate (even if they don’t have symptoms). The symptomatic household member should be tested and everyone must remain in self-isolation until a negative test result is confirmed. If positive, your family will be called by OPH.
If the screening tool advises that a child must stay home and observe symptoms for 24 hours, all other members of the household must also self-isolate during this period. 

Activities outside of school 
In order to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in the community, families must continue to limit contact with people outside of their household as much as possible. As per Ontario’s stay at home order, individuals may only leave their home for essential reasons, including attending school. Avoid close contact with others while walking to and from school and while waiting for the bus, and wear a mask when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. This will help to prevent COVID-19 from entering the school setting and help to keep schools open and children in the classroom. 

If after you have completed your screening and the  recommendation to have your child tested for COVID-19, appointment-based testing has eliminated long line-ups. Same-day or next-day appointments are frequently available. You can book your appointment here. 
For more information about COVID-19, please visit   

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