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WECHU Provides Safe Return to School ToolKit

Schools are opening soon! The Ministry of Education has been making plans to safeguard the health and safety of all concerned. In ongoing cooperation with the Ministry, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has created their Safe Return to School – A Public Health Toolkit for Windsor and Essex County.

In an Aug. 12, 2020 WECHU news release Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed said, “Since we are the last region to move forward, we will have fewer weeks’ worth of information to build on, less time to ensure case counts remain low, and greater urgency to get the plan right. It is therefore critical that there be a safe plan in place to enable our children and all of those who support them in our schools to return to classrooms. As a member of this community and a parent of two kids returning to the classroom, safe reopening of our schools is personally important for me as well.”

Dr. Ahmed has issued a letter to parents and guardians of school-age children. You can access his letter here.

The toolkit has eight steps based on recommendations from resources such as SickKids Hospital, the World Health Organization and Ontario’s Ministry of Health as well as information from WECHU itself.

You’ll find the toolkit here.

According to the WECHU news release, CEO and Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Marentette said, “Everyone in our community has an important role to play in making the return to school safe.  The safest thing for our children is for our community to have a low burden of disease. That means all of us doing our part by continuing to follow public health measures including staying home when sick.”

Sources:

News Release: Safe Return to School – A Public Health Toolkit for Windsor and Essex County Released

Safe Return to School Toolkit

Safe Return to School/ A Public Health Toolkit for Windsor and Essex County

A Letter to Parents of School-Aged Children from the Medical Officer of Health

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