Youth aged 12 and older at the time of the vaccination can book an appointment
Schools, child care centres, licensed home child care programs and children's camps are responsible for reporting suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases to Public Health.
To report suspected cases, call the COVID-19 Info-Line. A suspected case is someone who has COVID-19 symptoms AND an exposure. An exposure is:
Don't report staff or children who are symptomatic and going for testing without any known exposure even if a serious occurrence report is completed.
Don't report suspect or confirmed COVID-19 cases who are staff / students who have been working / attending school virtually.
If they haven't presented in person to the school environment, they will be followed up through the regular COVID-19 case and contact tracing process.
Active screening is the best line of defence for preventing COVID-19 in school or child care.
"Active screening" means that the facility must collect and review information to actively determine whether a person may enter a school or child care setting. This is different from "passive screening", which occurs when employees do their own health assessment and decide for themselves whether they may enter the workplace or not.
The Ontario Ministry of Health has updated the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool to ensure that staff and children who are at risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus do not enter a facility and that they seek appropriate medical advice or testing.
Parents of young children can complete the online screening tool while at home. The screening tool doesn't need to be completed again, even when attending after school care, however, staff should always be aware of new symptoms that may occur throughout the day and notify parents immediately for pick up.
Some licensed child care centres and licensed home child care programs have adapted the screening tool for their own use.
A COVID-19 outbreak in a school or child care setting, including before / after school programs and camps, may be declared when there are two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in children / students and / or staff or other visitors, who are potentially linked to one another, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school or child care setting, including transportation.
Child care centres and licensed home child care programs are open with enhanced health and safety measures in place.
See EarlyON Child and Family Centres for the status of EarlyON Child and Family Centres during the pandemic.
All child care centres and licensed home child care programs, before and after school programs, EarlyON Child and Family Centres, and First Nation Child and Family Programs must:
All staff in child care centres and licensed home child care programs are to be trained and adhere to these enhanced health and safety requirements.
Review our Child Care Manual (Fifth Edition) for requirements that must be met in child care centres and licensed home child care programs to ensure the individuals who use them stay safe and healthy.
Previously, licensees were required to report all suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Ministry. Currently, only where a child, staff, student, home child care provider, home child care visitor or a person who is ordinarily a resident / regularly present at a home child care premises has a confirmed case of COVID-19, such as a positive COVID-19 test result or a suspect case as outlined above, licensees must:
Report COVID-19 cases or the criteria as outlined in the Operational Guidance for Child Care during COVID-19 Outbreak.
Regulatory changes to O. Reg. 137/15 have been made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, including serious occurrence reporting of confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
All four school boards in Niagara provide information on confirmed cases and school closure status. Learn what happens if a COVID-19 case is confirmed at your child's school.
Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes, on school transportation and outdoors during recess where students cannot maintain physical distancing.
Students in kindergarten are encouraged, to wear non-medical or cloth masks in indoor spaces, including school transportation. Visit COVID-19 reopening schools for up to date mask protection measures for student and staff.
Learn more about face coverings, including exceptions and how to properly fit, wear, remove and clean your non-medical face mask.
For Niagara-specific transportation information and guidelines, visit Niagara Student Transportation Services and your child's school board website. For updated information from the province on transportation, visit Guide to reopening Ontario's schools - transportation.
When possible, choose walking and cycling to school as often as possible. Active transportation and private transportation by parents and caregivers will ease pressure on bussing demands. Walking and cycling to school can give your child many benefits such as increased readiness to learn, decreased levels of stress and increased levels of happiness on the journey to school.
If you need to drive, consider a safe drop-off location away from the school and let your child walk the last five minutes. This will allow them to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and help you avoid congestion around your school.
If a confirmed case of COVID-19, such as a positive COVID-19 test result, or a suspect case has been on the premises of an organized day camp you can report that case here