Runny nose? Stay home says new Toronto schools policy

Students with even a single symptom of COVID-19 are now required to stay home from school and get tested, says a new Toronto Public Health policy released Friday.

Even siblings in the same household must isolate at home, says the new guidelines — even if they have no symptoms.

The new rules come as Toronto Public Health gets set to implement an updated screening tool for schools on Monday, meant to add a “further layer of protection to better prevent potential virus spread.”

Symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, feeling unwell, achy muscles, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Children with at least one of these symptoms must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days, or get a COVID-19 test before returning to school.

More information can be found on the city’s COVID-19 website.
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