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Recommendations in the event of symptoms compatible with COVID1 or in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result in a child using the Trottibus

Last updated: February 2022

These recommendations replace the previous recommendations (August 2021)

On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, we appreciate your commitment to the Trottibus initiative. 

In accordance with our latest recommendations on Trottibus activities during the COVID pandemic and in compliance with public health recommendations issued by the Government of Quebec and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), here are our instructions in the event of COVID-19 symptoms1 or a positive COVID-19 test result in a child using the Trottibus.

These instructions are intended for all Trottibus participants (organizing committee members, volunteers, Trottibus children and their parents) from schools with an active Trottibus, developing Trottibus, or wishing to resume their Trottibus in the current school year.

Important reminders and recommendations:

-Parents of children registered for the Trottibus must keep their child at home in the event of symptoms1 

-See the recommendations regarding physical distancing and wearing a mask in our latest update of recommendations for the Quebec Elementary School Trottibus.

-We recommend that parents of registered children accompany their child to the Trottibus stop.

-The wearing of a mask or face cover is recommended for people (10 years and older) who do not belong to the same bubble unless they respect the physical distance of 1 meter. 

-We recommend that parents of registered children provide their child with hand sanitizer.

If a student has symptom(s) at home:

– We recommend keeping the child at home and avoiding contact with others.  

– The parent should refer to Getting Tested for COVID-19 or call 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions given.

If a student shows symptoms during the Trottibus route:

– If the parent is not present at the Trottibus stop, one of the volunteers should immediately call that child’s parents and ask them to pick up the child. The child will be separated from the rest of the group with one of the volunteers.

– The volunteer must wear a procedural mask and eye protection if he/she must come within two meters of the child (face covering must be worn at all times by the Trottibus volunteer).

-If the parents cannot be reached, leave the child at school and isolate him/her in a room designated for this purpose. Isolation must be done in a respectful manner and without stigma. The room should be ventilated and disinfected after the child leaves the school.

– If the parents can’t be reached, a single Trottibus volunteer should look after the student during the trip to school and isolate the child from the rest of the group for the duration of the trip. 

-If one of the parents can be reached, the volunteer should ask the parent to pick up their child from school as soon as possible. The parent can also pick up their child at a Trottibus stop, on the way to school, depending on what will have been decided with the parent. However, the Trottibus will not stop its route to wait for the parent to arrive in order to avoid getting to school late.

 – The parent should refer to Getting Tested for COVID-19 or call 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions given.

– Follow the current guidelines and recommendations issued: Guidelines for Children (COVID-19) | Government of Quebec (quebec.ca).

If a student on my child’s Trottibus tests positive for COVID-19 :

– Follow the current guidelines and recommendations issued: Guidelines for Children (COVID-19) | Government of Quebec (quebec.ca).

– It is the responsibility of the Trottibus organizers and the school administration to notify the parents of children participating in the Trottibus in case of contact with the confirmed case.

If a volunteer tests positive for COVID-19 :

– The volunteer must inform the organizing committee, which will inform the school and the parents of the walkers with whom he/she has been in contact.

– Please refer to “Instructions for people with COVID-19” (Quebec Government (quebec.ca)   

Here is the reference link to consult the specific guidelines for the education sector (COVID-19).

Procedure for isolation at home

Refer to :

Instructions for the person with COVID-19 | Government of Quebec (quebec.ca)

https://www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-de-sante/a-z/coronavirus-2019/isolement/

If in doubt, call 1 877 644-4545.

Please take note of your volunteers’ comments and report them to the Canadian Cancer Society so that we can make the necessary adjustments to these recommendations.

1 Symptoms to watch for include: fever, cough (new or worsened), shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, sudden loss of smell without nasal congestion, with or without loss of taste, severe fatigue, significant loss of appetite, generalized muscle aches and pains (not related to physical exertion), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach aches

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