Health and Safety in Rainbow Schools
As per the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario and the Ministry of Education, most COVID-19 health and safety measures in schools were lifted on Monday, March 21, 2022, aligning schools with the broader community.
Masking is now optional, as the Province has moved from mandates to personal choice.
There is no longer a requirement for cohorting, distancing and confirmation of screening.
School visitors are also permitted. All visitors must pass the school screening tool prior to entry.
Before leaving home, students are still required to screen for COVID-19 daily using the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.
The online screening tool reflects the most current guidance. Recent changes include isolation requirements when a household member has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. There is also updated guidance related to travel. When completing the screener, please scroll down and follow the directions outlined below the results banner.
If you are sick, stay home.
If you are well, come to school.
When in doubt, wait it out.
While masking is no longer mandatory in the community, on school buses, and in elementary and secondary schools, staff, students and families may wear a mask should they choose to do so. Individuals should assess their situation to determine what is best for their own circumstance.
Personal choice to wear a mask or not wear a mask is respected and supported.
Schools will continue to have Ministry issued masks available for students for the remainder of the school year. Staff will also have access to masks.
Hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, ventilation and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting remain in place. Schools will also continue to report student and staff absences to the Ministry of Education until at least April 14, 2022. This data is published online at ontario.ca.
Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits will be provided in accordance with provincial guidance. Students with COVID-19 symptoms can return to school after two negative RATs 24 hours apart and no symptoms for 24 hours (48 hours for nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.)