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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 screening for children and school age students  attending licensed child care settings in Peel Region

Children with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even mild symptoms, MUST stay home, self-isolate and are recommended to get tested. When children do not pass screening before entering the centre, siblings are required to stay home from care or school.

In great efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our screening form is continually changing based on information provided by Public Health. This means that some of the previous FAQs may not apply. If you have questions regarding the screening process, please speak with the Centre Director or designate. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

For Parents/Guardians at Richmond Hill location please fill out this form on behalf of a child.  Once filled out, save the PDF and email it to: richmondhill@mini-skool.ca

Richmond Hill Screening Form

My child has a runny nose, what should I do?

If your child’s only symptom is a runny nose, you should keep your child home and monitor their symptoms as you would in any other year. When they feel better, they are ready to go back to school/child care and no COVID-19 testing is needed. If they get worse or develop other symptoms, you should contact their health care provider for more advice. Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g., runny nose) may be ongoing at time of return to school/child care if other symptoms have been resolved.

Who in my family needs to be tested along with my child?

If your child has been identified as needing a test and everyone else in the family is well, no testing of other family members is needed. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the local public health unit will contact you/your child and make a plan for additional testing of all close contacts.

Do I need a note from a doctor before my child goes back to school/child care or a copy of a negative test result?

No, you do not need a note from your doctor or proof of a negative test before your child returns to school/ childcare.

I need more information to feel confident in my assessment, what do I do?

If you need additional information about COVID-19 or have a question specific to your child and their health, please contact your health care provider.

My child has woken up not feeling well, what do I do?

If you notice that your child has new or worsening symptoms, what you do depends on the symptom and how usual they are for your child.
If your child has new or worsening:

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased or loss of smell or taste

Your child should isolate immediately and you should contact your child’s health provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine
whether the symptoms are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, or if they should get tested for COVID-19.

If your child has ONE new or worsening symptom (that is not related to a known cause or condition) that include:

  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose/runny nose
  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches/malaise

Your child should stay home for 24 hours to be monitored to see whether the symptoms get better or worse. If they start to feel better and symptoms are improving, they can
return to school/child care when well enough to do so and no COVID-19 testing is needed.

If the symptoms get worse, you should contact their health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, or if they should get tested for COVID-19.

If your child has TWO or MORE new or worsening symptoms (that are not related to a known cause or condition) that include:

  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose/runny nose
  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches or malaise

Your child should isolate immediately and you should contact your child’s health provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine
whether the symptoms are related to another non-COVID-19 condition, or if they should get tested for COVID-19.

When will Mini-Skool centres reopen?

Mini-Skool main centres will re-open on July 13, 2020. Our school age Summer programs reopening date is to be announced

What plan is Mini-Skool putting in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Please refer to our Ministry approved Reopening Plan on the website

How long will screening take?

While we hope to carry out the screening process as quickly as possible, it is advisable to give yourself an extra 15- 20 minutes to complete it. This will be done over the phone – please call the centre.

Can I take my child to his/her classroom?

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, only essential individuals will be allowed in the centre. Parents will not be allowed beyond the screening area.

How will Mini-Skool practise physical distancing in the classroom?

Lower ratios in each classroom enhances physical distancing. In addition, the use of tape, tables and chairs to separate areas, educating children about physical space/distancing and follow up with reminders each day.

View more Frequently Asked Questions

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