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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 2021-2022 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 October 5, 2021 Toronto Public Health (TPH) has revised COVID-19 School Screening Guidelines for:
    Please note that there is a TPH requirement that if anyone in the household if anyone in the  household has even one COVID-19 symptomALL household siblings must stay home until their symptomatic sibling tests negative. They can then return to school if they are symptom-free."

    Anyone exhibiting one or more COVID-19 symptom, should stay home and get a PCR test. Unvaccinated siblings may not attend school until their ill sibling recovers and can present a negative PCR test, and has been cleared by the nurse to return to school. Since the students are required to be in self-isolation for COVID-19 precautions Zoom access will be available. 

  • Vaccination Policy

  • ParentLocker

    All parents must complete ParentLocker daily. This applies to students who are absent and sick. Zoom access will be given only to students who have completed and failed ParentLocker. 

    A student who has COVID symptoms listed in question 1 must stay home and get a PCR test. Unvaccinated siblings must stay home even if they have no symptoms until a negative PCR test is received for their symptomatic sibling.

    If a student has symptoms which are not listed as COVID symptoms must stay home until they are symptom free. PCR testing is not required, and healthy siblings may attend school, regardless of their vaccination status. These students will not have access to Zoom. 
  • PCR testing and rapid testing

    Asymptomatic testing of individuals in the absence of a known exposure to a positive case is not recommended. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 will require a lab-based PCR test.

    Asymptomatic testing may result in false positive reports, which will mistakenly create dismissals for self-isolation, and will not typically be reversed by TPH.

    A rapid COVID-19 antigen screen is NOT used to diagnose COVID-19. Rapid antigen screen will not be accepted for clearance. Saliva PCR testing kits are available at your branch for contactless pick up and drop off. 

    Click on the links below for more information on the SickKids PCR Saliva testing program:
    Info Sheet 1
    Info Sheet 2
    Info Sheet 3

    Please watch the following video for more guidance on labelling your saliva specimen, completing your lab requisition and accessing your results: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LHE367dnuc    
    How to Collect Saliva- Please watch the following video for more guidance on how the saliva collection will happen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEQAxM4pKtU   

    If you get a positive result from the rapid COVID-19 antigen screening, it does not confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. To confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19, you must follow up with a PCR COVID-19 test
  • What to expect for Back to School-AHS Covid-19 Reopening Plan 2021-2022

  • Return to School Clearance

    Everyone who is absent for health reasons must receive clearance from the nurse. Requests should be emailed to rkopyto@ahschools.com and must contain all of the following: 

    - name, grade, branch (Posluns/Kamin/Danilack) in subject line
    - PCR test results, and any additional information, if available
    - list of symptoms, start and finish date

    Submitting requests without required information may result in processing delays. Please submit clearance requests as early as possible, preferable the day before your child’s planned return to school to allow sufficient time for processing. 
  • Illness not related to COVID

    Please keep any students home who are experiencing any illness whether or not they are symptoms of COVID-19. Seek assessment from your child's health care provider if needed. PCR testing is not required. Students have to be symptom free and cleared by the nurse to return to school. Healthy siblings may attend school.
  • 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.
  • 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 until receive clearance from the Nurse.

    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 10 days from their last date of exposure.
  • Grade 7 and 8 immunization clinics

    Are currently administered by Public Health in community clinics. 

    Toronto Public Health provides the following vaccines to Grade 7 and 8 students:

    Meningococcal-ACYW, to prevent meningitis

    Human papillomavirus, to prevent certain cancers

    Hepatitis-B, to prevent liver cancer

    Parents can book an appointment at a public health clinic, or ask their health care provider to order the vaccines from Toronto Public Health.

  • Returning to school from international travel

    For those who are planning to travel abroad over the Winter Break, the current guidelines are: 

    Vaccinated travelers who have no symptoms may return to school immediately. 

    Unvaccinated travelers are not able to attend for 14 days from arrival, even if their parents are vaccinated and are exempt from quarantine. This requirement must be fulfilled even if a negative PCR test is received upon arrival.

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