Doctor Cohen, a staff physician at Sick Kids Hospitals, shares some simple tips to help keep your children and families safe as we begin the new school year.
Doctor Cohen: Hi, my name is Doctor Cohen.
It’s back to school time and your children
are getting ready to go back to school.
Here are some simple tips to help keep your children and families safe and well
as we begin the new school year.
It’s really important to check for symptoms
of illness before sending your child to school.
Some of these symptoms might include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose,
a loss of sense of smell or taste, or
You can always use Ontario’s self-assessment
tool to help with screening.
If your child is unwell, it is really important
that they stay home.
Please make sure to check in with your health care provider and get your child tested if needed.
Use the process outlined by your school to
report any absences.
If your child is healthy and able to go to school, always send them to school with a mask.
Remind your child to wash their hands or to
use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
You can show them how to properly wash their
hands by counting to 20 seconds to
make sure they have done a good, thorough
Also, make sure to provide opportunities for
your child to talk to you about COVID-19
and their feelings and experiences.
If you have any questions, remember you can
always contact public health.
We all have an important role to play to make sure the school year is as safe and successful as possible.

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