Parent/Guardian Engagement

As we reopen schools to in-person learning, your child may be nervous about the return-to-school. There will be changes and the more they have a chance to talk about those changes, the better they will feel. What has not changed are the caring educators that will look after your child’s safety and learning with the utmost professionalism and compassion.

Your engagement with school staff and WRDSB communications will be integral is being informed and engaged in order to ensure your child is feeling confident, secure, and ready to reenter an in-person learning environment. 

As a parent, we invite you to prepare your child for their return to school as much as possible. We have prepared a Caregiver’s Guide to Setting the Stage for Return to School.

Daily Student Screening Checklist

For a daily screening, please refer to the Province’s COVID-19 School Screening Tool.

  • You must screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school.
  • Answer the following questions to help you decide if you should or should not go to school today.
  • You can fill this out on behalf of a student.

Parents’/Caregivers’/Families’ Role in Keeping Schools Safe

Screen for symptoms EVERY morning Stay home when sick or if in contact with someone who is sick Keep a safe distance
Use the pre-screening checklist to see if your child has any of the listed symptoms. If the answer is “yes” to any of the questions, your child must stay home from school. Families should contact their health care provider or one of the Waterloo region Community Assessment Centres to inquire about testing.
  • Feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Had close contact with someone who is ill with a cough and/or fever
  • Have anyone in the household who has been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone who is being investigated or confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days
  • Had close contact with someone who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days and who is ill
Maintain physical distance between you and others when possible:

  • During drop off and pick up
  • When interacting with others outside of your bubble

Pick up students promptly if you are notified that your child is showing symptoms at school:

Please ensure that the school has up-to-date contact information. Alternative contacts should not be in at-risk or vulnerable populations.

For anyone who is showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, Public Health recommends that you complete an online self-assessment. The assessment will connect you with a medical professional, if necessary. You may also contact your primary care provider for more information. Families must notify their child’s school that they are showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19.