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Info on coronavirus

The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. In partnership with public health officials, the Toronto District School Board is closely monitoring the current situation with regards to the novel coronavirus. 

We understand that many of our families have questions and concerns. Public health officials continue to advise that the risk to the public remains low. As a result, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Toronto Public Health are not advising schools to take any additional precautions, including the wearing of medical masks or denying entry to students, at this time. 

The TDSB will continue to keep school communities updated and will promptly advise should any additional precautions become necessary.

If you have concerns about your or your child’s health, please contact a medical practitioner or Toronto Public Health.


Questions and Answers 

Q: How can I stay healthy?
A: Toronto Public Health advises members of the public to take the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness. These measures include:

  • get a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies;
  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
  • if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm; and
  • stay home if you are ill.

Q: Will there be additional cleaning of schools?
A: No. As the risk to the public remains low, public health agencies are not recommending any additional cleaning of schools. In the meantime, TDSB caretaking staff continue to clean and sanitize schools to the high standards set by the Board.

Q: Can students and/or staff wear medical masks while at school?
A: Yes. However, Toronto Public Health advises that, for general, day-to-day activities, there is no need to wear a surgical or N95 mask and does not recommend that individuals incur out of pocket expenses for items that are not recommended according to health evidence. As public health agencies have not advised the TDSB to take any additional precautions, medical masks will not be provided to schools at this time.

Q: Will students who have recently traveled to China be sent home for two weeks?
A:  The TDSB takes its lead from public health agencies, which have not advised the school board to implement this precaution. The TDSB cannot impose quarantine on students or shut down schools without clear direction from public health officials. Should a case of coronavirus be confirmed with a TDSB student, staff member or parent who has come in contact with the school, Toronto Public Health will advise on any additional steps that need to be taken.

 


 

Important Links

Ontario Ministry of Health (Updated each weekday)

Toronto Public Health

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory

Ontario Human Rights Commission Statement Urges Respect for Human Rights

Toronto Public Health Statement on Inaccurate Information and Stigma
   

 

 

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and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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