Returning to school after illness

Parents have so many questions and concerns about understanding the rules related to sending their child to school during a pandemic. Can I send my child to school if they have seasonal allergies? When can my child go back to school after receiving a negative COVID-19 test?

Thankfully Ottawa Public Health is here to take the guesswork out of sending your child school.

You can use Ottawa Public Health’s Attestation for Return to School/Childcare for Students Following Illness when:

  • Your child has been previously diagnosed by a doctor or nurse practitioner with a chronic condition like allergies or asthma.
  • A doctor or nurse practitioner has diagnosed your child with a medical reason other than COVID-19 confirming their illness symptoms are not related to COVID-19.
  • Your child has self-isolated for at least 14 days from the day they started feeling sick, is feeling better and has not had a fever for at least three days.

Your child received a negative COVID-19 test, has not been told by a healthcare provider or Ottawa Public Health to continue to self-isolate. In this situation, your child can return to school if they have not felt sick for 24 hours, or 48 hours if they experienced diarrhea or vomiting. Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not need to be gone entirely to return to school, but their mild symptoms need improvement, and other symptoms need to have stopped.

Comments 9

My daugheter has had a cough for a week and was tested last weekend for COVID-19. She was negative, but stillhas an itchy cough with no other symptoms. She has been home for a week. She could continue to have this mild cough for weeks….do we have to keep her home until the coughing stops or is she ok to return to school?

Ministry of Health
COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in
School and Child Care
Version 1 – October 1, 2020

The above-mentioned document contracts what you’re saying. New rules say with one symptom from question 2, the child does not need a test or a note or a Dr’s visit. Do you agree?

been waiting for the test result of my son,have his test last Monday sept.28 ,2020. It’s 5days already.What we gonna do now all the family is been isolate since then.Both me and my husband are both working.

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