March 10, 2020

Peel Public Health shares March Break travel considerations regarding COVID-19

​Dear Peel District School Board Community,

With March Break just around the corner, some families and staff members may choose to spend the week travelling abroad. As a precautionary measure, the Peel board cancelled a school trip to Europe that was scheduled to happen over March Break. 

Given the increased cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in some countries, Peel Public Health has shared the following considerations for those deciding to travel. At this time, the recommendations from the Region of Peel are to follow Government of Canada travel alerts and information and to avoid all non-essential travel to countries flagged as ‘high risk.’ 

It is important to understand that COVID-19 is having an impact globally, and that non-essential travel in general is an additional risk that we should all consider. The Public Health Agency of Canada is also recommending avoiding all cruise ship travel in light of the risk associated with the COVID-19 virus. All travellers are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms and to contact Peel Public Health if they feel sick.

If you plan to travel outside Canada, it is important to monitor your health when you return as you may have come in contact with the COVID-19 virus while abroad. Travellers should monitor their health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after they arrive in Canada. If you have these symptoms, contact Peel Public Health within 24 hours of arriving in Canada at 905-799-7700, or in Caledon at 905-584-2216. They will provide advice on what you should do.

If you return from Iran or Hubei province in China, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days, starting the day you began your journey back to Canada. This means self-isolating and staying at home. In addition, contact Peel Public Health within 24 hours of arriving in Canada.

All other travellers are advised to: 
  • Monitor their health for flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) for 14 days from the date they departed. Contact Peel Public Health​ immediately if you develop flu-like symptoms and refer to Peel Public Health’s guide on how and where to get medical help.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick/unwell. 
  • Follow the advice of your health care provider if you have been asked to self-monitor​​.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands. 
  • Practice good cough and sneezing etiquette by coughing and sneezing into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. 
  • Wash your hands after coughing and sneezing.
Peel Public Health, provincial and federal agencies continue to provide school boards with guidance and direction to protect students and staff. At this time, the risk for residents of Peel and Ontario remains low. If this changes and public health agencies direct additional monitoring or precautionary measures, we will let you know. As well, in the event that risk increases in Peel Region, the Peel board will activate a comprehensive COVID-19 preparedness plan. 

As always, we will keep staff, students and community updated as new information becomes available. For more information about COVID-19, Mississauga and Brampton residents can visit the Peel Public Health website, talk to your doctor or call TeleHealth at 1-866-797-0000 or Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700, and Caledon residents can call 905-584-2216.

Thank you for your support as we work to help keep our communities healthy and safe. 

Peter Joshua
Director of Education

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