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Ottawa Public Health Return to School Letter Following Student Illness

Ottawa Public Health Return to School Letter Following Student Illness
Posted on 10/01/2020
Ottawa Public Health Return to School Letter Following Student Illness

We have received many questions about students with previous conditions like seasonal allergies or what to do if your child tests negative for COVID-19 and when they can return to school.

Ottawa Public Health has produced a letter for parents to help with the return to school. Called the “Attestation for Return to School/Childcare for Students Following Illness,” the letter can be used by parents when:

  1. They can confirm their child has been diagnosed for a previous chronic condition, such as allergies or asthma.
  2. After being sent home, their child has seen a doctor or nurse practitioner who said the child’s symptoms were not related to COVID-19. 
  3. The child did not have a COVID-19 test, but completed 14 days of self-isolation from the date when they started feeling sick, has not had a fever for three full days and is feeling better.
  4. The child had a negative COVID-19 test after starting to feel sick and 
  • has not felt sick for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if experiencing vomiting or diarrhea)
  • has not been told by Ottawa Public Health or a healthcare provider to continue to self-isolate.

In the final situation, the health agency notes, “As long as your child had a negative COVID-19 test, mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped.”

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