What happens when there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in a school?

In general, an outbreak will be declared by Public Health if there are two or more cases of COVID-19 in a 14-day period and if these cases have some link with each other. An outbreak could be declared for a portion of the school (for example, individual classrooms) or for the entire school and could result in specific classrooms being dismissed or the entire school closing. If an outbreak is declared by Public Health Sudbury & Districts, the school will communicate this with parents or guardians immediately. Information must also be posted on school board or school websites. Public Health will support the school to communicate the required next steps for all affected students, such as staying home on self-isolation and the need for testing. Public Health also works closely with the school to further investigate and control the outbreak and determine when it can be declared over. In general, outbreaks are over when there have been at least 14 days without more illness linked to the area under outbreak. For more information, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/operational-guidance-covid-19-management-schools (Ontario Government).

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Personal information contained on this form is collected under the authority of one or more of the following (as amended): the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990; the Immunization of School Pupils Act, R.S.O.1990; the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991; and is in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990 and the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004, S.O. 2004. This information is used to ensure that all appropriate personal care and public health services are provided, and that necessary statistics are kept. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Privacy Officer at the Sudbury & District Health Unit, 1300 Paris Street, Sudbury, ON P3E 3A3, 705.522.9200.

This item was last modified on September 3, 2020

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