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New daily COVID-19 checklist for students

Fri, 30 Oct, 2020

News item: New daily COVID-19 checklist for students

Starting Monday, November 2, families will complete the province’s new daily checklist for children each morning to determine if it is safe for their child to attend school.

This new checklist is for Albertans under the age of 18. However, students who are 18 and over and attending high school will still need to complete the daily checklist before coming to school.

School staff will continue to complete the daily checklist for adults. Both the student and adult checklists are available on the Government of Alberta’s website.

Key changes in the new checklist for students

The new checklist does not include runny nose and sore throat as symptoms that require mandatory isolation. It also explains core and non-core symptoms, and next steps for families if their child has either.

Core symptoms and next steps

The symptoms below are core symptoms:

  • cough
  • fever
  • loss of taste or smell 
  • shortness of breath

If your child has any of these symptoms, they will need to isolate for 10 days OR have a negative COVID-19 test result and feel well before they return to school.


Non-core symptoms and next steps

The symptoms below are considered non-core 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
  • conjunctivitis (pink eye)

If your child has one non-core symptom:

  • They should stay home and monitor symptoms for 24 hours.
    • If their symptom improves after 24 hours, they can return to school when they feel better. Testing is not recommended.
    • If their symptom worsens after 24 hours, they should continue to stay home. Testing is recommended but not required.

If your child has two or more non-core symptoms:

  • If their symptoms worsen after 24 hours or they have more symptoms, they should continue to stay home. Testing is recommended but not required.
  • Your child can return to school when their symptoms have resolved AND it has been 24 hours or more since their symptoms started.

The daily screening checklist is part of a safe school environment. Thank you to all families for continuing to do their part to keep students safe and healthy at school.