The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) continues to work closely with Region of Waterloo Public Health, as we respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The following resources, obtained from ROW Public Health and Public Health Ontario, is intended to provide information to WRDSB families as you make decisions about your health.
ALL returning travellers are asked to self-isolate
The Government of Canada has issued a broad, general recommendation that all travellers returning from destinations outside of Canada self-isolate for 14 days. Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including others at home.
How to protect yourself
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact, for example, providing care for a person with COVID-19 in a household or health care setting or coming into direct contact with infectious body fluids of a person with COVID-19.
Everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Face masks are not recommended for the general public, except for people experiencing symptoms and who have been advised to wear a mask by a health care provider.
All persons over 70 years of age and individuals who are immunocompromised are advised to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
Public Health Ontario recommends that if you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin to self-monitor for a period of 14 days. This means that, in addition to social distancing, you should track how you feel. You should take your temperature daily and log any other symptoms that develop (e.g., sore throat, new cough). You can share these records with your primary care provider over the phone if you seek assessment services.
Region of Waterloo Public Health encourages all residents to practice social distancing. Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with.
Social distancing includes, but is not limited to:
- Working from home where possible.
- Avoiding visits to long-term care homes or retirement homes.
- Avoiding non-essential trips in the community.
- Limiting or cancelling group gatherings.
- Avoid all large gatherings of over 50 people.
- Planning virtual meetings instead of in person.
- Maintaining a distance of 2 metres (two arms’ length) between yourself and others.
Please note: that these guidelines are not meant to say “you must stay in your home!”
You can still go outside to take a walk, go to the park, or walk your dog. If you need groceries, go to the store. We simply recommend that while outside you make sure to avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 2 metres (two arms’ length) from those around you.
These measures help protect yourself and others in our community. We are all in this together.
Resources from Region of Waterloo Public Health and Public Health Ontario
- COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
- How to self-monitor
- How to self-isolate
- General Information About COVID-19
Resources to help manage stress
- Coping with stress (World Health Organization)
- Helping children cope with stress (World Health Organization)
- Here 24/7 1-844-437-3247
- Managing stress (Region of Waterloo Public Health)
- Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region
Looking for more information about COVID-19?
Please remember to wash your hands, not to touch your face and maintain social distance. Find more information and links to helpful and fact-based resources on our website at wrdsb.ca/covid.