For now, the quarantine regulations have not changed.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19 (vaccinated or unvaccinated), that child is required to quarantine for seven days. After five days, however, they can be released with a negative test (rapid test or PCR test). In both cases, the student should be asymptomatic.
- If there is an illness in class (COVID-19 positive), the duration of the quarantine requirement is five days for all students who are NOT vaccinated. A quarantine is not required for vaccinated students.
- If a family member (parent or sibling, for example) tests positive for COVID-19, the same rules apply. That is, the duration of the quarantine requirement is five days for children who are not vaccinated. A quarantine is not required for vaccinated children.
We have been in contact with the ministry on almost a daily basis trying to get an answer to a question many have asked. If a child tests positive for COVID-19, can they return to school after the required quarantine, regardless if a parent/sibling tests positive after the fact? We have not been able to confirm this with the ministry, and so we have to continue following the guidelines they have given us. We will continue to email and communicate with the ministry for any updates. And once we are updated, we will let the community know.