Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New wellness checklist for attending school in place from Northern Health

The morning checklist for parents as to whether their youngster should or should not attend school during these times of COVID has been shortened just a bit, with Northern Health relaying the latest guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control today.

The BC CDC has reviewed the previous guidelines and simplified the symptom list to reflect the situations of today, as well as to create a new criteria for parents and guardians to follow for a return to school should symptoms develop.

The new symptom list focuses on key symptoms which are more specific to COVID-19: fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of sense of smell or taste, diarrhea, or nausea and vomiting. 

Northern Health notes that it is generally unnecessary to stay home from school or seek testing if you only have other, milder symptoms (such as runny nose, fatigue, or headache), and none of the key symptoms, because in most cases COVID-19 will be quite unlikely.

You can review the full update here.

As part of the introduction of the new symptom list, SD52 has provided a link to a handy check list for parents to consult as part of their in home check up  program.

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Northern Health also reminds parents and guardians of the Public Exposures and Outbreaks listings, which track any declared situations that may be found in the School Districts across the Northern Health Region.

To date only two School Districts have recorded exposure events, one in Quesnel and the other in the Peace River area.

You can access those listings here.

For more notes on Education in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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