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COVID-19 Resources

Covid-19 Response

Our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our community remains our utmost priority as we navigate the 2020/21 school year during these unprecedented times. This page will be updated frequently with all COVID-19 related information including our Health and Safety Guidelines and other useful resources. Please note that at this time, AHS is taking guidance from Toronto Public Health.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we continue to prioritize the well-being of our community.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Illness Management

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  • COVID-19 Symptoms

    Please be advised that effective February, 2021 Toronto Public Health (TPH) has revised COVID-19 School Screening Guidelines for:


    Please note that there is a new TPH requirement that if anyone in the  household has even one COVID-19 symptom, ALL household members must stay home, self-isolate and get tested.

    The following COVID symptoms are common in children:
    • Fever >37.8°C
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Loss of taste or smellFeeling unwell, muscle aches, tired
    • Stuffy/runny nose
    • Headache
    • Sore throat, painful swallowing
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Daily Health Screening

    AHS has implemented ParentLocker as a health screening and tracking app for all students and staff.

    All students and staff will be required to self-screen before arriving at school. The daily health survey must be completed in the morning of each day that your child(ren) will be attending classes, in-person or via Webcam Learning Support. Due to the need to have up-to-date and accurate reporting of your child(ren)’s health condition on a given school day, health survey responses cannot be submitted in the evening in advance of the upcoming school day.

    The completion and submission deadline for the daily health survey is 7:45 a.m. on school days.

    If a student will be attending AHSCare’s Before Care program, then the daily health survey must be completed and submitted at least 15 minutes before the student’s arrival at school.
  • If a Student Presents with One or More COVID-19 Symptoms

    if anyone in the household has even one COVID-19 symptom, ALL household members must follow the guidelines on page 2 of the following February, 2021 Toronto Public Heath (TPH) Screening Guidelines for:

    If you have any questions about the TPH guidelines please call the TPH Hotline at: 416.338.7600
  • If a Student/Staff Tests for COVID-19


    • All COVID-19 positive cases must be reported to the Head of School and Nurse Consultant
      Please email AHS nurse for clearance at: rkopyto@ahschools.com
    • Students/staff can return to school if their symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours, and if they are not a close contact of a lab-confirmed positive case for COVID-19 or have travelled outside of Canada.
    • Please email AHS nurse for clearance at: rkopyto@ahschools.com
  • If a Student does NOT Test for COVID-19

    If, based on the updated screening guidelines, a student with new or worsening symptoms, not related to an existing medical condition, does not test for COVID-19, then the student must self-isolate for 10 days from the date their symptom(s) first appear. ALL household members are required to isolate for an additional 14 day period after the symptomatic student’s self-isolation is over.
  • Alternative Diagnosis

    An alternative diagnosis for COVID-19 will state that the student has a chronic or pre-existing condition resulting in symptoms that are not related to COVID-19. Students can only be diagnosed with alternative diagnosis from a health care provider.

    Students with an alternative diagnosis will be advised to stay home and will require all of the following in order to return to school:
    • no high risk exposure to COVID-19
    • fully resolved symptom(s)
    • clearance from the AHS Nurse Consultant
    Due to the nature of COVID-19 symptoms, a cold is not an alternative diagnosis as a cold can be COVID-19.
  • If a Close Contact Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Students in close contact with a person with COVID-19 must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure.
  • Caring for a child who is self-isolating or has COVID

Toronto Public Health Guidelines

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Mask Policy

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  • Cloth Masks

    Reusable or disposable cloth masks will be mandatory for ALL students (Nursery – Grade 8), faculty, and visitors, while exemptions may apply on a need basis.

    Students, especially those in Nursery – Grade 3, will receive gentle reminders and positive encouragement to practice safe and healthy mask and hand hygiene throughout the school day.
  • How to Safely Wear a Cloth Mask