Reopening of schools
What to know as schools reopen
We’re working with our school boards to prepare for the safe reopening of schools. We’re providing information for families, teachers and staff to help them prepare for when they return.
Screen for COVID-19 daily
Before leaving for school each day, students and staff should screen for COVID-19 symptoms using the COVID-19 school screening tool.
Learn about what to do if a student or staff does not pass the screening tool.
School board reopening plans describe how they’ll ensure the health and safety of everyone at the school. They’re informed by the Ministry of Education’s Guide to Reopening Ontario’s Schools and Peel Public Health. Your school board’s website will have more information about their reopening plan.
School boards are required to increase health and safety measures in schools as outlined by the Ministry. Private schools are encouraged to adopt the measures as well.
Visit Ontario’s COVID-19: reopening schools to learn more about what to expect when schools reopen.
We recommend that students and staff practice the Core Four actions that are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. This means:
- Maintaining 2-metres of physical distance.
- Wearing a mask where mandatory or where physical distancing is difficult.
- Practicing good hand hygiene.
- Getting tested if you think you have COVID-19. While waiting for test results, stay home and self-isolate.
Peel District School Board
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir
Access our dashboard for information on COVID-19 cases in Peel - school outbreaks.
If there’s a person with COVID-19 at your child's school, Peel Public Health will work with the school to conduct contact tracing and case management.
Where required, class cohorts may be sent home and recommended for testing, or the school may be closed until public health officials determine it’s safe for students and staff to return.
Based on each situation, there will be additional infection prevention measures, including cleaning and sanitization of the exposed areas.
For more details about what will happen if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak at a school, check the Ministry’s Operational Guidance: COVID-19 management in schools.
If a student or staff does not pass the screening tool
- Contact the school to let them know about this result.
- Self-isolate at home and do not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
- Visit an assessment centre to get tested. If there’s reason to believe symptoms are due to a cause other than COVID-19 (i.e., a pre-existing medical condition), seek assessment from your primary health care provider.
While waiting for the test result, the student or school staff must remain in self-isolation and avoid contact with others as much as possible. If the student or staff who is getting tested has symptoms, their household members (e.g., siblings, parents) must also self-isolate until the individual’s test result comes back.
Caregivers should follow the caregiver self-isolation guidelines to prevent infection and stop the spread to other members of the household.
Medical notes or documented proof of negative tests are not required for students, school staff or school visitors to return to school in-person after testing for COVID-19.
You can help prepare your children for the return to this school year.
Check your children every day for COVID-19 symptoms using the COVID-19 school screening tool.
Students must stay home from school if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone who has or may have COVID-19, or have travelled outside Canada within 14 days.
If the student has symptoms, their household contacts (e.g., siblings, parents) must also self-isolate until the student’s test results come back.
If you’re unsure, it’s always best to take extra care and stay home.
Have a plan in case your child is showing symptoms and must stay home or be picked up from school.
Students will need to be picked up as soon as possible from school if they’re sick and be brought to an assessment centre to be tested.
Ensure your child has a non-medical or cloth mask to wear to school.
It may be helpful to pack an extra mask for your child each day. Your child will then be able to change their mask if it becomes dirty or damp. Masks can be stored in a clean bag or container during lunch and break times. Store clean masks separately from dirty masks.
Learn more about how to choose, wear and clean or dispose of a mask.
Students in Grades 4 to 12 will be required to wear a mask inside the school, including in hallways and during classes, and on the bus. Peel Public Health has recommended to school boards to consider requiring masks for students from Grades 1 to 3 while in school, and also strongly recommends the wearing of masks by kindergarten students while in school.
Reasonable exceptions on the requirement to wear masks will apply. For example, those who have trouble breathing or are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Explain to your child that some people are not able to wear masks, and to show kindness in these situations. Mask policies may vary, check your school’s policy for details.
- Federal guidance for school bus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Learn about requirements for school buses.
- COVID-19: Protecting yourself and others
Up-to-date information on COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Core Four sign
Display the Core Four sign in your school or home.
- COVID-19 related posters
Print and post COVID-19 posters in your school.
School reopening letters
Peel Public Health is working with school boards on the safe reopening of schools in Peel. The following letters are being shared in the community.