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Daily Health Check

The following daily health check is for students and their families to determine if the student should attend school that day.

Daily Health Check
Key Symptoms of Illness* Do you have any of the following key symptoms? CIRCLE ONE
Fever YES NO
Chills YES NO
Cough of worsening of chronic cough YES NO
Shortness of Breath YES NO
Loss of sense of smell or taste YES NO
Diarrhea YES NO
Nausea and vomiting YES NO
International Travel Have you returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days? YES NO
Confirmed Contact Are you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19? YES NO

*Check BCCDC’s Symptoms of COVID-19 regularly to ensure the list is up to date.

If the student answers “YES” to one of the questions included under ‘Key Symptoms of Illness’ (excluding fever), the student should stay home for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptom improves, you may return to school when you feel well enough. If the symptom persists or worsens, seek a health assessment.

If you answered “YES” to two or more of the questions included under ‘Key Symptoms of Illness’ or the student has a fever, seek a health assessment. A health assessment includes calling 8-1-1 or a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner. If a health assessment is required, the student should not return to school until COVID-19 has been excluded and your symptoms have improved.

If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if the student should seek testing for COVID- 19.

When a COVID-19 test is recommended by the health assessment:

  • If the COVID-19 test is positive, you should stay home until you are told by public health to end self -isolation. In most cases this is 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Public health will contact everyone with a positive
  • If the COVID-19 test is negative, you can return to school once symptoms have improved and you feel well enough. Symptoms of common respiratory illnesses can persist for a week or more. Re-testing is not needed unless you develop a new
  • If a COVID-19 test is recommended but is not done because you choose not to have the test, or you do not seek a health assessment when recommended, and your symptoms are not related to a previously diagnosed health condition, you should stay home from school until 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and then you may return if you are feeling well

If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment the student can return to school when symptoms improve and they feel well enough. Testing may not be recommended if the assessment determines that the symptoms are due to another cause (i.e. not COVID-19).