Return to School and Day Care after Travel Guidance

Updated 7th March 2022

***Parents please be sure to book back to school COVID-19 tests for your children***

Below outlines the guidance schools, camps and day cares shall use to implement policies for teachers, staff, children and parents in school, camp and day care settings. The guidance requirements are the minimum recommended for schools, camps and day cares, but more stringent policies may be implemented based on the school, camp and day care’s risk assessment. All travelers should follow public health measures and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for the first 14 days after travel. 

Restrictions for schools, which are medium- to high-risk settings will continue to be stricter than those of the general population.

A child two-years-old and older will be required to complete  COVID-19  testing (either PCR or verified antigen) if they travel. For travel requirements for minor children please visit: Are you travelling with a minor?

Return to School Requirements:

Immunised teacher/school staff/children, Can return to school, day care or camp right away. 

  • Monitor symptoms 
  • Testing daily using at home antigen testing for 4 days from arrival is highly recommended
  • Report antigen test results to school, day care or camp

If immunised household members travel but the school-age child does not travel, he/she can continue to go to school, day care or camp. Parents must continue to monitor children for COVID-19 symptoms.

If unimmunised household members travel but the school-age child does not travel, he/she can continue to go to school, day care or camp. Parents must continue to monitor children for COVID-19 symptoms until completion of their verified antigen day 10 test and separate them from the traveler household member to the greatest extent possible.

Unimmunised children of immunised parents/guardians:

  • Book a verified antigen day 4 test 
  • Can return to school, day care or camp after receiving a negative day 4 test result. 
  • Conduct remote learning
  • Send the negative test result to the school to be cleared for return to school

Unimmunised teacher/school staff member or unimmunised child with unimmunised parents

  • Quarantine for 4 days at home until receipt of a negative day 4 PCRtest 
  • Conduct remote learning
  • Send the negative Day 4 test result to the school to be cleared for return to school

Recently Recovered children (3 months max from first positive COVID-19 test):

  • Must provide verification of recent recovery from a healthcare provider and/or provide proof of positive test.
  • Can return to school, day care or camp right away
  • Must monitor symptoms and test daily using at home antigen testing for 4 days from arrival
  • Report antigen test results to school, day care or camp

Please review the Are you Unimmunised or Are you Immunised protocols for more information.

 

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