Don’t come to school sick, public board tells Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills students

Published January 6, 2023 at 12:49 pm

The Halton District School Board (HDSB) has a message to students getting ready to head back to classes on Monday: If you are sick stay home.

The message from the board is in response to recent increases in respiratory illness.

As well, the Ontario government is urging young people to be properly screened before heading back to the classroom in the post-COVID world where other illnesses have appeared in those with weakened immune systems.

“Anyone who is feeling sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed,” a message from the HDSB reads on social media pages.

That same message has been sent out by health officials at Queen’s Park.

Just before the Christmas break, the Ontario government prepared a new screening tool for students to follow due to increased cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) which causes colds and forms of bronchitis in the very young.

The tool takes students (or their parents or guardians) through a series of health questions. If you are experiencing a number of symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, headache and congestion it will tell you not to go to school.



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