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COVID-19 Screening Tool for Students and Children

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The purpose of this Screening Tool is to help parents and guardians make decisions about whether their child can attend school or child care. This screening tool should be completed daily before attending school or child care for each individual child separately.

If you are a high school student, please fill out the High School Screening Tool. If you are an adult, please use the Workplace/PSI Screening Tool.

No personal information is requested when completing this tool, which means that you and/or your child cannot be personally identified or linked to your responses. It is recommended that you contact a healthcare provider if you have more questions about your child’s health. This tool is subject to change as further guidance from the Ministry of Health and evidence related to COVID-19 risks becomes available.

Please note: A variety of factors (including underlying health conditions) can increase the risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and general guidance may not always apply well to individual situations. Every individual needs to take into account their personal risk factors when deciding whether it is safe for them to attend or work in a particular place. OPH recommends the CDC website to all persons wishing to better understand their personal risks from COVID-19 infection.

Your child can go to school/child care if you or anyone in your household got a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours and is experiencing any of these symptoms that are mild and only began after vaccination:

  • Headache (Unusual, long-lasting (not related to tension-type headaches, chronic migraines, or other known causes or conditions they already have).)
  • Extreme tiredness (Unusual fatigue, lack of energy, poor feeding in infants (not related to depression, insomnia, thyroid disfunction, sudden injury, or other known causes or conditions they already have).)
  • Muscle aches/joint pain (Unusual, long-lasting (not related to sudden injury, fibromyalgia, or other known causes or conditions you already have).)

Please note, fully vaccinated means that it has been at least 14 days since you received:

  • the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada (e.g., 2 doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD, OR 1 dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]) or any combination of such vaccines, OR ​
  • one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Sinopharm) followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) OR
  • three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Abdala).​

There are some exceptions in which your child may need to self-isolate even if they are fully vaccinated. For example, if they are immunocompromised (e.g., organ or stem cell transplantation recipients, undergoing chemotherapy or immunosuppressive therapies). If you have any questions, please discuss with your doctor or healthcare provider or call Ottawa Public Health 613-580-6744.

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