More information on annual school health programs can be found under Healthy Schools. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this has been our main focus within schools. Please see below for more information related to COVID-19 and Schools.
COVID-19: Health, Safety and Operational Guidance for Schools (2021-2022)
COVID-19 School Screening
All staff and students must self-screen everyday before attending school. Those who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool.
Vaccination will support a safe school environment and community. With the circulating variants in Grey Bruce, we need to aim for high coverage amongst youth aged 5-17 and the rest of the school community. Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to stay protected and stop the spread of COVID-19.
As of January 10th, 2022, 47% of children aged 5-11 in Ontario have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 82.5% of youth aged 12-17 are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Grey Bruce Health Unit will work closely with the local school boards to ensure increased uptake of vaccination, especially for children aged 5-11. The health unit will work with local school boards to plan school-focused vaccine clinics which may operate before, during, or afters school hours either in schools or in other sites.
For more information, please visit: Youth and COVID-19 Vaccines (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
COVID-19 Mental Health
COVID-19 Resources for Schools
Preventing COVID-19: Presentations for Schools and Childcare Settings
A presentation series that provides those working in school and childcare settings a refresher about the public health practices that help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Transmission
- Environmental Cleaning
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – what is PPE, how to use and wear PPE
- Mask-use for Children and Youth
- Hand Hygiene
- Physical Distancing
Educators - COVID-19 - School Mental Health Ontario (smho-smso.ca) – The following resources and learning opportunities have been prepared to both bolster student mental health and support the well-being of educators. These classroom-ready resources can be used for either virtual and/or in-person learning and are designed to help you support students in the following areas:
- Promoting wellness during challenging times
- Supporting student mental health learning
- Encouraging early help-seeking when mental health problems arise
COVID-19 General Resources