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COVID-19: Schools

Daily screening of COVID-19 symptoms is one of the best preventative measures to protect the school community. Access the online screening tool (updated November 5, 2020) the printable version for students and children attending school or child care settings, or the printable tool for school staff and essential visitors daily to ensure you or your child is well enough to attend work, school or daycare. If your school board or child care provider has another screening process, you can use that instead.

This fall, Ontario's elementary and secondary schools welcomed students back to their classrooms. All schools reopened with enhanced health and safety protocols to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all students, teachers, and staff.

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) is working with local school boards to support the implementation of the public health measures in accordance with the Guide to reopening Ontario’s schools issued by the Ministry of Education and approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario. See also, the Province's COVID-19 guidance: school outbreak management.

School this year is going to look different than we’re used to. As a parent, you may have a lot of questions and feel that things are beyond your control right now.

Check back frequently for updates as we continue to work together to make this fall’s return to school safe for everyone. See our recent media release for tips on preparing for school this year, including our Top 10 COVID-19 Basic Rules for Safe Schools.

School Board Information

For specific information about your child’s school and answers to frequently asked questions, visit your school board’s website:


District School Board North East Ontario (DSB1)

Northeastern Catholic District School Board

Algoma District School Board (Hornepayne Elementary and Secondary School)

Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (Holy Name of Jesus School)

Moosonee District School Area Board (Moosonee Public School)

James Bay Lowlands Secondary School Board (Northern Lights Secondary School)


Conseil scolaire catholique de district de grandes rivières

Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario

Conseil Scolaire Catholique Nouvelon (École Saint Nom de Jésus)

COVID-19 Information Line

For more information, call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 x 2919. Call toll-free at 1-800-461-1818 or the PHU office in your community.

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For general inquiries about COVID-19, please visit Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).