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Vaccination Policy

Last updated: August 30, 2021

As recently mandated by the Ministry of Education in a communication received on August 18, 2021, we present you with our COVID-19 policy for staff and frequent visitors.

TLC will adopt a mandatory vaccination policy. This means that everyone who frequently enters the premises and who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine must provide proof of vaccination. This includes all staff and frequent visitors. Everyone has until October 17th to receive their second dose if they want to enter the building. Parents and guardians who are not vaccinated, or who have not shared proof of vaccination may continue to drop off their children outside at the front entrance; we’re happy to assist you.

All TLC staff and frequent visitors must provide written proof that they have received at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Frequent visitors include, but are not limited to: Parents, grandparents, nannies, service providers such as catering, training and maintenance companies.

Anyone with a valid medical or religious reason not to receive the vaccine may be exempted from this requirement. To do so, we require documented proof of the reason. Any requests for an exemption will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and will only be granted with a specific accommodation plan in place. We expect such exceptions to be rare.

As recommended by the Ministry of Education, staff members must:

  1. Provide proof of full vaccination
  2. - or-
  3. Provide a formal/official documented medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19, undergo rapid antigen testing every 48 hours, and wear a mask at all times, including outdoors.

Proof of Vaccination

Obtaining your Ontario-issued Proof of Vaccination
You may obtain your proof of vaccination from the Government of Ontario website.
Submitting your Proof of Vaccination
Frequent visitors may submit their Government-issued proof of vaccination (2nd dose) by filling out this form.

Screening & Stay-at-home Policy

Last updated: September 6, 2021
Mandate to Stay Home for Students

If your child presents any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they will be sent home and must remain home, as mandated by Toronto Public Health.

Additionally, your child is required to stay home if...

  • anyone in the child’s household have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are waiting for COVID test results.
  • the child has tested positive on a rapid antigen test.
  • the child has been notified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or has been told to stay home and self-isolate.
  • in the last 14 days, the child has traveled outside of Canada and been advised to quarantine as per the federal quarantine requirements and/or is not fully vaccinated.

Your child is allowed to return, following either of the following procedures:

    • After speaking with a healthcare professional.
    • With negative PCR COVID test. Results must be sent to [email protected].
    • At least 24 hours after their symptoms have started improving, or 48 hours for nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
    • NOTE: If the child is in close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, they need to self-isolate for 10 days from the last exposure to that person.
  1. - or-
    • After speaking with a healthcare professional.
    • At least 24 hours after their symptoms improve, or 48 hours for nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
    • and either of:
    • After self-isolating for 10 days, from the day symptoms started; or,
    • If a healthcare provider has diagnosed a condition that isn’t related to COVID-19, the child can return with a doctor's note.

Please note that we cannot accept “rapid” COVID tests and that we require a PCR (lab) test. Unfortunately, the accuracy of rapid tests varies significantly from brand to brand, ranging from 65% to 80%. Moreover, achieving this level of accuracy assumes that the test was performed perfectly, which might not always be the case in a home setting and without proper training.

Example for Procedure I

Monday: TLC teachers notice that Sam has a symptom on the COVID-19 list. Sam is isolated in a separate room, parents are asked to pick up Sam from school. As mandated by Toronto Public Health, parents must contact a healthcare professional to discuss the situation and follow their instructions.

Tuesday: Sam stays home, gets a COVID test and waits for results.

Wednesday: Symptoms are starting to improve.

Thursday: Sam is allowed to return to TLC with a negative PCR COVID test. Test results must be sent to [email protected].

Example for Procedure II, with doctor's note

Monday: Sam has a cough. Sam is isolated in a separate room, parents are asked to pick up Sam from school. As mandated by Toronto Public Health, parents must contact a healthcare professional to discuss the situation and follow their instructions.

Monday afternoon: Sam visits the doctor and is diagnosed with a common cold. The doctor does not require Sam to get a COVID test.

Tuesday: Sam stays home.

Wednesday: Sam's cough is starting to improve.

Thursday: Sam is allowed to return to TLC with a doctor's note because his symptoms have been improving for over 24 hours.

Example for Procedure II, with 10 day self-isolation

Monday, January 1: Sam has a cough. Sam is isolated in a separate room, parents are asked to pick up Sam from school. As mandated by Toronto Public Health, parents must contact a healthcare professional to discuss the situation and follow their instructions.

Monday afternoon: Sam's parents determine that he must just have a cold.

Tuesday January 2 to Thursday January 11: Sam stays home. Meanwhile, his cough is improving significantly.

Friday, January 12 (following week, 11 days later): Sam is allowed to return to TLC after self-isolating for 10 days

Screening & Mandate to Stay Home for Staff or Visitors
We strictly follow the Ministry of Health & Education screening questionnaire and guidance for all staff and visitors.

List of Symptoms

Last updated: September 6, 2021

For children/students

  • Fever > 37.8°C
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decrease or loss of taste/smell
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

As outlined by Toronto Public Health.

Suspected Case of COVID-19 Procedure

What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
  • Inform us immediately
  • The child must stay home & self-isolate for at least 10 days from the day their symptoms started.
  • Household members & close contacts who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for 10 days and should get tested.
  • Toronto Public Health will contact you to do an investigation & provide further instructions.
How will TLC handle a suspected case of COVID-19?

There are a number of Toronto Public Health-recommended steps we will be taking.

  1. If a child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they will be moved to a separate room, separated from other children, and supervised.
  2. Parents/guardians will be notified, and will be required to collect their child immediately.
  3. Staff and children with symptoms of COVID-19 should follow our Stay-at-home Policy.
  4. All surfaces, toys and areas the child or staff member may have come into contact with will be thoroughly disinfected by our on-staff cleaner.
  5. In cases where a test is positive, it is imperative that parents/guardians share this information with TLC’s director so that additional precautionary steps can be taken to minimize the risk of an outbreak.
  6. Our director will inform parents/guardians in the event that a child or staff member at TLC tests positive for COVID-19.
  7. All cases and/or outbreaks will be reported to Toronto Public Health.
Guidance from Toronto Public Health
A number of guidance documents from Toronto Public Health are available.