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Document Type
Evidence Search Report
Review Code
EOC090201-01 ESR
Question Submitted
September 2, 2020
Date Completed
September 2, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
QUESTION: Is the use of thermometers an effective screening strategy for students in schools during
Document Type
Evidence Search Report
Review Code
EOC090201-01 ESR
Question Submitted
September 2, 2020
Date Completed
September 2, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Category
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Screening
Schools
Population
All Pediatrics
Clinical Setting
Public Health
Priority Level
Level 2 completed within 8 hours
Cite As
Mueller, M; Young, C. Is the use of thermometers an effective screening strategy for students in schools during COVID-19? 2020 Sep 2; Document no.: EOC090201-01 ESR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 6 p. (CEST evidence search report)
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Rapid Review
Review Code
EOC090201 RR
Question Submitted
September 2, 2020
Date Completed
September 4, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Review Title: Is the use of thermometers an effective screening strategy for students in schools during
Document Type
Rapid Review
Review Code
EOC090201 RR
Question Submitted
September 2, 2020
Date Completed
September 4, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Key Findings
· Temperature screening has not yet been demonstrated to reduce COVID-19 spread or accurately identify COVID-19 cases in schools. This did not prove to be a useful strategy when implemented in Singapore during the 2003 SARS epidemic. · 14% to 19% of children with COVID-19 have an asymptomatic presentation and fever only develops in less than half of symptomatic pediatric cases. Fever is also a common presentation of childhood illnesses unrelated to COVID-19. · Chemical and plastic-strip thermometers are considered unreliable in pediatric clinical settings and there is also an element of user error with any thermometer type.
Category
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Screening
Schools
Population
All Pediatrics
Clinical Setting
Public Health
Priority Level
Level 2 completed within 8 hours
Cite As
Radu, L; Groot, G; Badea, A; Mueller, M; Young, C. Is the use of thermometers an effective screening strategy for students in schools during COVID-19? 2020 Sep 4; Document no.: EOC090201 RR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 13 p. (CEST rapid review report)
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Supplementary
Review Code
EOC081401 SR
Question Submitted
August 14, 2020
Date Completed
August 14, 2020
Status
5. Updated review
Research Team
EOC
on school premises.(Manitoba Education, 2020) Schools should keep a list of the date, names and contact
Document Type
Supplementary
Review Code
EOC081401 SR
Question Submitted
August 14, 2020
Date Completed
August 14, 2020
Status
5. Updated review
Research Team
EOC
Category
Administration
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Saskatchewan
Reopening
Schools
Priority Level
Level 4 completed within 1 week
Cite As
Muhajarine N, McRae D, Pisolkar V, et al. Saskatchewan’s school re-opening plan in comparison to other provincial plans and federal recommendations. 2020 Aug 14; Document no.: EOC081401 SR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 34 p. (CEST Summary Report)
Review History
EOC081401 RR: August 24, 2020
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Rapid Review
Review Code
PH030801 RR
Question Submitted
March 8, 2021
Date Completed
March 30, 2021
Status
6. Cancelled
Research Team
Public Health
schools and 1/137 (0.7%) for primary schools. Zhu et. al. conducted an analysis of 31 household
Document Type
Rapid Review
Review Code
PH030801 RR
Question Submitted
March 8, 2021
Date Completed
March 30, 2021
Status
6. Cancelled
Research Team
Public Health
Key Findings
Pediatric cases of COVID-19 constitute between 1% to 10% of all confirmed cases of COVID-19; variation exists by jurisdiction.
Few case reports exist of confirmed child-to-other transmission. Contact tracing studies suggest that children are unlikely to be transmitters of the disease. Households are the most likely environments for transmission.
A recent large South Korean contact tracing study however (in pre-print) found that household COVID-19 transmission rates for children age 10-19 were significantly higher than in adults; transmission rates for children age 0-9 were relatively low.
AUGUST 7th, 2020 UPDATE: No new studies examining secondary attack rates of pediatric index cases were found. Studies continue to suggest low transmission from pediatric cases, and high proportion of pediatric cases being asymptomatic to mildly symptomatic.
MARCH 9th, 2021 UPDATE: Variants of Concerns are an emerging threat, but literature on pediatric prevalence and transmissibility is sparse. The British variant seems more transmissible (secondary attack rate higher) but follows the same age-related distribution of cases seen earlier in the pandemic.
Category
Epidemiology
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Vaccines
Variants
Pediatrics
Transmission
Schools
Population
All Pediatrics
Clinical Setting
Public Health
Priority Level
Level 2 One week (7 days)
Cite As
Sulaiman, F; Coomaran, V; Muhajarine, N; Dalidowicz, M; Miller, L. What are the effects of the new COVID variants on transmission and school reopenings in pediatric populations? 2021 Mar 30; Document no.: PH030801 RR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 14p. (CEST rapid review report)
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Evidence Search Report
Review Code
PH030801v2 ESR
Question Submitted
March 8, 2021
Date Completed
August 18, 2021
Status
6. Cancelled
Research Team
Public Health
for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools. [5 August 2021]. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
Document Type
Evidence Search Report
Review Code
PH030801v2 ESR
Question Submitted
March 8, 2021
Date Completed
August 18, 2021
Status
6. Cancelled
Research Team
Public Health
Notes
Work was not completed before the project was no longer supported
Category
Epidemiology
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Variants
Pediatrics
Transmission
Schools
Population
All Pediatrics
Clinical Setting
Public Health
Priority Level
Level 2 One week (7 days)
Cite As
Howell-Spooner, B., Mueller, M. What are the effects of the new COVID variants on transmission and school reopenings in pediatric populations? 2021 Aug 18, Document no.: PH030801v2 ESR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2021. 49 p. (CEST evidence search report).
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Evidence Search Report
Review Code
EOC081201-01 ESR
Question Submitted
August 12, 2020
Date Completed
August 12, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
on Reopening Schools https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools
Document Type
Evidence Search Report
Review Code
EOC081201-01 ESR
Question Submitted
August 12, 2020
Date Completed
August 12, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Category
Administration
Epidemiology
Subject
Reopening
Schools
Transmission
Public Health
Decision Making
Population
All Pediatrics
Priority Level
Level 4 completed within 1 week
Cite As
Dalidowicz, M; Ellsworth, C. What COVID-19 community transmission indicators are used in school reopening plans? 2020 Aug 12; Document no.: EOC081201-01 ESR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 12 p. (CEST evidence search report)
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Rapid Review
Review Code
EOC081201 RR
Question Submitted
August 12, 2020
Date Completed
August 26, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
schools safely. Limitations • Pandemic variability between countries was not captured and may lead
Document Type
Rapid Review
Review Code
EOC081201 RR
Question Submitted
August 12, 2020
Date Completed
August 26, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Key Findings
· Potential impact on reproductive rate (R) of the seven “returning to school” scenarios that were modeled by SAGE exhibited an increase in R due to reopening of school. The scale of increase depended on current value of R within each community and mitigation plans within the community, especially the adherence to social distancing measures. · CDC recommended using additional indicators such as healthcare capacity, new cases, and percent of positive cases to decide school operations along with community spread levels: none-to-minimal, minimal-to-moderate, substantial-controlled, and substantial-uncontrolled. · Combination of strategies such as mask usage, physical distancing, hygiene measures, classroom cohorting, symptomatic screening, testing and tracing of students, staff and teachers along with low levels of community transmission can aid in maintaining low level of R. · Increasing testing and contract tracing can impede an epidemic rebound. · Intersectoral partnerships with local authorities, dedicated personnel (such as coordinators) for testing and tracing along with appropriate communication with parents, teachers and staff should be followed to open schools safely.
Category
Administration
Epidemiology
Subject
Reopening
Schools
Transmission
Public Health
Decision Making
Population
All Pediatrics
Priority Level
Level 4 completed within 1 week
Cite As
Pisolkar, V; McRae, D; Muhajarine, N; Dalidowicz, M; Ellsworth, C. What COVID community transmission indicators are used in school reopening plans? 2020 Aug 26; Document no.: EOC081201 RR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 23 p. (CEST rapid review report)
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Review Code
EOC070901-01 ESR
Question Submitted
July 9, 2020
Date Completed
July 13, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
pertaining to the re-opening of schools. A search of published journal articles was also performed
Document Type
Evidence Search Report
Review Code
EOC070901-01 ESR
Question Submitted
July 9, 2020
Date Completed
July 13, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Category
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Reopening
Closures
Schools
Public Health
Decision Making
Clinical Setting
Public Health
Priority Level
Level 5 completed within 2 weeks
Cite As
Miller, L; Mueller, M. What is the evidence and rationale describing the key public health principles to consider for school re-openings and precautions regarding school closures during COVID-19? 2020 Jul 13; Document no.: EOC070901-01 ESR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 22 p. (CEST evidence search report)
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EOC070901v2-01 ESR
Question Submitted
July 9, 2020
Date Completed
August 6, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
RESOURCES Canadian & Provincial Government of Saskatchewan • Guidance for Schools. [August 4, 2020
Document Type
Evidence Search Report
Review Code
EOC070901v2-01 ESR
Question Submitted
July 9, 2020
Date Completed
August 6, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Category
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Reopening
Closures
Schools
Public Health
Decision Making
Clinical Setting
Public Health
Priority Level
Level 5 completed within 2 weeks
Cite As
Miller, L; Mueller, M. What is the evidence and rationale describing the key public health principles to consider for school re-openings and precautions regarding school closures during COVID-19? 2020 Aug 6; Document no.: EOC070901v2-01 ESR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 25 p. (CEST evidence search report)
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Rapid Review
Review Code
EOC070901 RR
Question Submitted
July 9, 2020
Date Completed
August 17, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
• A number of jurisdictions have re-opened schools successfully without a spike in COVID-19 cases, eg
Document Type
Rapid Review
Review Code
EOC070901 RR
Question Submitted
July 9, 2020
Date Completed
August 17, 2020
Status
3. Completed
Research Team
EOC
Key Findings
A number of jurisdictions have re-opened schools successfully without a spike in COVID-19 cases, eg. Japan, Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Norway
Most school plans indicate that staff/students/visitors who are sick or have had exposure to COVID-19 in the past 14 days should not attend school, and those that become symptomatic at school should be isolated and removed from the premises as soon as possible, with thorough cleaning thereafter
In Alberta, if two or more members of a cohort are found to be COVID-19 positive, schools should follow the outbreak procedures which are under review until September
In Nova Scotia, one confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school would be considered an outbreak
In Germany, classmates and teachers of an infected student are sent home for two weeks but other classes continue
Taiwan (based on the H1N1 response) suspends the class which had a confirmed case identified, for 14 days. With two or more cases the whole school must close. When 1/3 of the schools in a district are closed, all schools in the district must close.
In Israel, schools closed after a single case was identified , and following mass outbreaks in schools at least 355 schools had closed with over 2,026 students and staff testing positive and over 28,000 students in quarantine due to possible exposure
Category
Infection Prevention and Control
Subject
Reopening
Closures
Schools
Public Health
Decision Making
Clinical Setting
Public Health
Priority Level
Level 5 completed within 2 weeks
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Badea, A; Muhajarine, N; Reeder, B; Miller, L; Mueller, M. What is the evidence and rationale describing the key public health principles to consider for school re-openings and precautions regarding school closures during COVID-19? 2020 Aug 17; Document no.: EOC070901 RR. In: COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews [Internet]. SK: SK COVID Evidence Support Team, c2020. 22 p. (CEST rapid review report)
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