École J.H. Sissons COVID-19 FAQ

First posted on August 21, 2020

On August 14th, 2020, our school published its return to school plan specifically dealing with questions surrounding COVID-19. On August 20th, we published a more general newsletter about the return to school, but also included some additional information on measures to protect the health of and safety of our students, staff, and wider community. In addition, we continue to receive questions from parents and community members. In an effort to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information, we are making this FAQ available to you. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

This page is our most current information, and in the coming weeks, we expect it will be updated frequently. Therefore, if there is a difference between the information in this FAQ and what has been previously published (on August 14th or 20th), please consider this information to be the most up-to-date. If you have any questions, we welcome them by email at jhs@yk1.nt.ca.

F.A.Q. Contents

  1. If my child has symptoms of a common cold, does that mean they cannot attend school until they receive a doctor's note clearing them to return? (Added August 21, 2020)

F.A.Q. Answers

1. If my child has symptoms of a common cold, does that mean they cannot attend school until they receive a doctor's note clearing them to return?

According to our instructions from the CPHO, anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 may not come to school. If they develop symptoms while at school and cannot immediately leave, they must immediately be isolated at school until they can leave the building safely. If they can leave safely and immediately, they must do so. The same rules apply for all students and staff members. Further, our instructions from the CPHO is that the individual cannot return to school until public health advises them to do so. As a school, we would need to see some verification from that from public health.

Our understanding is that if you are suspicious of being exposed to COVID, you should refer to public health, not to the regular clinic. We are including the link to the NTHSSA page on screening, monitoring and self-isolation for your information. It can be seen at:

https://www.nthssa.ca/en/services/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-updates/screening-self-monitoring-and-self-isolation

These measures are in place to ensure we are all as safe as possible when faced with this unprecedented circumstance.

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