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 put in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. All travellers returning from destinations outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including others at home, for 14 days. Do not go to work, the grocery store or on walks. Exemptions may apply for certain groups, such as health care workers.
If you need groceries or other essential items, have a family member, friend or neighbour do this for you and leave items at the door, or use a delivery service.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, use the self-assessment tool or speak to your primary care provider, to help determine if you need to seek care or testing. If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
You may not leave your place of isolation unless it is to seek medical assistance. A negative test does not exempt you from the 14 day self-isolation period required by the Quarantine Act.
How to protect yourself
Everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19:
- Practice physical distancing between yourself and people outside your social circle
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Wear a face covering in enclosed public places and on transit
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
Region of Waterloo Public Health encourages all residents to practice physical distancing (also known as social distancing). Physical distancing means keeping a distance of 2 metres between yourself and others when you leave your home as well as limiting the number of people you come into close contact with.
Physical distancing includes, but is not limited to:
- Limiting non-essential trips out of your home
- Maintaining a distance of 2 metres (two arms’ length) between yourself and anyone outside of your social circle
- Limiting group gatherings
- Connecting with family and friends by phone, video chat or social media
- Working from home where possible
- Staying home when you are sick
- Members of the same household or social circle do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled within the past 14 days.
When you need to leave your home, make sure to avoid crowds and keep a distance of 2 metres (two arms’ length) between yourself and others at all times.
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
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