PTs Working in Schools: Information & Resources

The College's role to date has been to share the information released by the Government of Ontario and the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) with physiotherapists, the public, patients and employers.

We have provided information and resources to support PTs working in schools during the pandemic. The page will be updated as new information becomes available and a list of frequently asked questions is included at the bottom. 

Returning to Practice in a School Environment

The Government of Ontario has released guidance to support regulated health care providers as they return to work during the COVID pandemic. The guidance can be found in Directive #2 for Health Care Providers and the accompanying Operational Requirements for Health Sector Restart. The Government is recommending that health care providers continue to consider the use of virtual care as opposed to in person care where possible.

Physiotherapists who are returning to practice in the school system should follow the requirements in these documents. As a reminder, orders, directives and guidance from the Ministry of Health and CMOH overrule the information on this page.

The Government has also released a guide to reopening Ontario’s schools that PTs returning to practice in a school setting should ensure they are familiar with. 


References and Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: PTs Working in Schools

  • Is the COVID self-screen completed before school by the student (or their guardian) sufficient to start in-person (at school) physiotherapy services?

  • I need to remove the child from their classroom for a physiotherapy assessment or treatment. Do I need to screen the student for COVID-19, and wear PPE?

  • What if I cannot reach the student’s guardian to screen the student?

  • What if a child I treat shows symptoms that could be indicative of COVID-19?

  • What constitutes a school outbreak?

  • How do I manage working at multiple schools?

  • What personal protective equipment (PPE) do I need to use?

  • What additional Infection, Prevention and Control (IPAC) procedures should be in place when working in schools?

  • What about virtual services for children that are staying home?

  • Are there additional documentation needs for returning to practice in a school setting?

Can't find the answer to your question? Contact the Practice Advisor at or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 241