Kids with cold symptoms won't be allowed in New West classrooms

Under the school district's new COVID-19-related health guidelines, parents are being asked to do a health check of their children every day to ensure no child heads into class with symptoms of respiratory infection

If you plan to send your child back to school for in-class instruction next week, then get ready to add a few minutes to your morning routine.

The New Westminster school district is advising families that parents and caregivers must assess their children daily for symptoms related to colds, flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

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If a student shows any symptoms, parents must keep the child at home until they’ve been assessed by a health-care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, and until their symptoms have resolved.

The school district is asking parents to do daily checks for an extensive list of symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Fever (temperature of 37.5C or higher) or signs of fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat and painful swallowing
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Feeling unwell/fatigue
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

“If any of these signs and symptoms are present, your child is not permitted to attend school,” the school district said in a notice to parents.

In such cases, parents are asked to contact 811 for more information and have their child assessed by a health-care provider. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the household, students must also remain at home and families must consult their health-care provider.

If a child develops symptoms while at school, they will be moved to an isolation area and kept there until they can be picked up by a caregiver.

Families will be hearing details from their schools this week on what the return-to-class schedule will look like for their child. The return to in-class instruction remains optional; students can finish the school year with remote learning.

For all the up-to-date information, check out the school district’s information page at


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