Parents & Caregivers

This information was last updated on January 7, 2021. Information can change as further evidence or guidance becomes available and/or community status changes. 


Guidance for Parents and Caregivers

Screen your child every day before attending child care or school. 

If your child has symptoms:

  • For information on what to do when your child has symptoms and criteria for when they can return to child care or school, visit the Child with Symptoms & When to Return page.
  • If your child is staying home, let the child care provider or school know.
  • If needed, arrange a test for your child with the nearest Assessment Centre.

Provide cloth or non-medical masks for your child.

Follow general public health advice.

  • Help your child understand how to prevent COVID-19, including physical distancing and keeping hands clean, through role modeling and family discussions.
  • Outside of child care or school, keep contacts limited to your household and avoid unnecessary travel.
  • If possible, have your child walk or bike to school instead of riding the bus.
  • Send your child to school with a healthy lunch, a labeled water bottle, and remind them not to share food or drink with others.


Guidance for Boarding Homes

With COVID-19 still present in our area, this year’s back to school transition will look different for students relocating to urban centres, such as Thunder Bay. Students, their families and their hosts may have questions about how things will work and how to stay safe in these uncertain times. This document provides information on how to create a safe and supportive environment for students during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Additional Information

If you have questions, please call the Thunder Bay District Health Unit at (807) 625-5900 or Toll-Free at 1-888-294-6630.

Last Updated: 15/01/2021