New COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Children under 18
Dear Wolf Creek Public Schools Parents/Guardians:
You may be aware of some changes to the daily health screening and COVID-19 symptoms list for students, announced by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health on October 29, 2020, and effective Sunday, November 1, 2020.
These changes are being made by Alberta Health as a way to create a more targeted approach to symptom management and identifying and testing for COVID-19 in students.
Previously there had been five core symptoms identified. Symptoms of runny nose and sore throat were considered core symptoms, but have now been removed from the mandatory isolation checklist for Albertans under 18.
The core isolation symptoms for children are now one (or more) of the following: cough, fever, loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath. If a child has any of these core symptoms:
They are to isolate for 10 days OR have a negative COVID-19 test result and feel better before they return to school or other activities.
If a child has one of the following symptoms: chills; sore throat or painful swallowing; runny nose or congestion; feeling unwell or fatigue; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; unexplained loss of appetite; muscle or joint aches; headache; or conjunctivitis (pink eye):
The child should stay home and monitor for 24 hours.
If their symptom is improving after 24 hours, they can return to school/activities when they feel well enough to attend. Testing is not recommended.
If the symptom worsens after 24 hours, or if additional symptoms emerge, or if the child has any two symptoms from this second list, they are to continue to stay home, and testing is recommended but not required. The child can return to activities and school when their symptoms have resolved AND it has been 24 hours or more since their symptoms started.