As you may already be aware, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has confirmed Canada's first case of novel coronavirus in Toronto. Naturally, it is normal to be concerned when we hear about health-related events like this. Please be assured that the health and safety of students and staff is always our top priority.
The Peel District School Board works closely with Peel Public Health and the Ministry of Health on matters of health and safety, including novel coronavirus. These official public health agencies have assured us that, at this time, the risk to Ontarians remains low, and that there is no need to take additional measures at the school level.
Peel Public Health is not advising the wearing of masks. Please do not send your child to school wearing a mask. Masks are often used incorrectly, spread unnecessary panic in communities, and may cause increased risk of infection to the user.
Please use information from official public health agencies as trusted sources of information, including Peel Public Health, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario. Peel Public Health has shared the following tips on their website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as novel coronavirus:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid other people who are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Parents are reminded to consult their physician if they have any concerns.
- Residents who return from recent international travel with history of travel to affected areas and become ill with respiratory signs and symptoms such as fever and cough should report their travel history to any health professional or emergency department staff, when they visit.
For more information, visit http://peelregion.ca/articles/2020/coronavirus.asp or www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
As per standard school practice, school staff are encouraged to be vigilant for students who are sick and to report any concerns to the principal. As always, students who are sick should remain home and families should consult with their health care provider.
We will share any additional information from public health agencies with families. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your health care provider directly or contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 in Mississauga or Brampton, and 905-584-2216 in Caledon.