The following information is distributed on behalf of Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, Chatham-Kent and Lambton Public Health, and the Ministry of Education. Should you have any specific questions about this information, please follow-up directly with Public Health or your health care provider.
Traveling Outside of Canada
As per the federal travel guidelines and the directions of the Ontario COVID-19 school and child care screening, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who travel outside of Canada with a fully vaccinated companion are exempt from federal quarantine; however, they are not permitted to attend school or child care for 14 days following their return.
Click here for more information regarding travel outside of Canada.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Five to 11-Year-Olds
Health Canada has approved the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11. To book an appointment online, children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016).
Read the attached letter below from Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario. Additional information from the Government of Ontario is available on the COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth.
For more information about the vaccine and details regarding how to book an appointment, visit the Chatham-Kent Public Health and Lambton Public Health websites.
Returning to School Following the Holiday Break
In preparation for the winter break, we encourage families to remain vigilant and follow the health and safety protocols in place to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, including completing and following the directions of the daily school screening assessment tool upon the return to school.
On November 18, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced it will be providing take-home PCR self-collection kits to all publicly funded schools, including those in the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB), for students and staff who are eligible for testing as per the provincial testing guidance.
The Ministry of Education will be providing more information to school boards regarding the voluntary use of take-home PCR self-collection kits to share with parents/guardians and students prior to the holiday break.
Throughout the school year and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the LKDSB follows legislated health and safety and public health protocols. We consistently follow the direction of the local and provincial medical officers of health and the Ministry of Education regarding COVID-19 and communicate information as per their direction.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the safe operation of schools. Should you have specific academic or well-being questions about your child, please contact your school. Any health-related questions can be directed to your local Public Health unit or your health care provider.