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Layers of Protection: Letter from Toronto Public Health

Thursday, April 14, 2022
Categories: Parent/Guardian Communication, Happenings @ TDSB

Please find below a letter from Toronto Public Health regarding layers of COVID-19 protections to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Re: Layers of COVID-19 protection

We are currently seeing an increase in COVID-19 activity in Toronto in the sixth wave of the pandemic. As people gather with family and friends this upcoming long-weekend, we ask that residents remember to follow these tips to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect you, your loved ones and our community:

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Get all of your recommended COVID-19 vaccination doses, including any booster dose(s).
  • Reduce or limit your close contacts.
  • Keep a physical distance when possible, especially indoors.
  • Wear a high quality, well-fitting mask, especially indoors.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Choose well ventilated spaces when possible.

Stay home and isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test

Stay home and self-isolate if you or your family test positive for COVID-19 or have any COVID-19 symptoms even if they are mild.

COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is still one of the most important tools to prevent serious illness. Vaccinations are safe and have been shown to prevent serious complications of COVID-19 even in children.

  • Parents and caregivers will be notified of clinics at your school. Children can also get their COVID-19 vaccine this weekend at a City-run immunization clinic, hospital clinic, or at one of the more than 525 participating pharmacies.
  • Appointments can be booked by visiting the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
  • Please see Toronto Public Health's (TPH) website for more information on How to get vaccinated.



Wear a well-fitted, high-quality mask in public settings

TPH recommends wearing a well-fitted, high-quality mask in indoor public settings to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 infection especially:

  • If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • If you live, work or spend time with someone who is at higher risk of COVID-19, such as someone who has a weak immune system or is a senior.
  • If you are in a crowded indoor setting with poor ventilation.

There are places and times where masks are still required. For more information, see our TPH website on Face Masks and Respirators.

If you have general questions about COVID-19, please call the Toronto Public Health Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interpretation services are available. If you need immediate health care assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-797-0000.


Nicole Welch
COVID-19 Child and Youth Response Team
Chief Nursing Officer