Return to School and Day Care after Travel Guidance

Updated October 1, 2021

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.

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 a COVID-19 PCR testing if they travel. For travel requirements for minor children please visit: Are you travelling with a minor?

If an unimmunised child travels and returns home, and his/her parents are immunised, then he/she should:

  • Comply with the on-island testing requirements on days 4, 10 and 14 
  • Not attend school or day care until receiving a negative day 10 test result, in accordance with a medium risk setting of the Safe Return to Work after Travel Guidance
  • Conduct remote learning

 

Immunised children, with pre-arrival tests, can return to school, day care or camp after receiving negative day 4 test results. Parents must continue to monitor children for COVID-19 symptoms until completion of the day 4 and day 10 tests.

Immunised children, without pre-arrival tests, must quarantine for four days and can return to school, day care or camp after receiving day 4 negative test results. Parents must continue to monitor children for COVID-19 symptoms until completion of the day 10 test.

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 until completion of the traveler household members day 10 test.

If an unimmunised teacher/school staff member or unimmunised child with unimmunised parents, travels and returns home, he/she must:

  • WITH a pre-arrival test:
    • Quarantine for 14 days: at home until receipt of a negative day 14 test 
    • Wear electronic monitoring device while in quarantine at home
    • Test on day 14
    • Note: if teacher/school staff member/child who quarantines at home does not live alone, all other members of that household will be required to quarantine as well and must test out of quarantine on day 14.
  • WITHOUT a pre-arrival test:
    • Quarantine for 14 days: at home until receipt of a negative day 14 test
    • Wear electronic monitoring device while in quarantine at home
    • Test on day 14
    • Note: if teacher/school staff member/child who quarantines at home all other members of that household will be required to quarantine as well and must test out of quarantine on day 14.

Please review the Are you Unimmunised protocols for more information.

Immunised teachers/school staff members, with or without pre-arrival tests, can return to school after a negative day 4 test but should practice workplace isolation to the greatest extent possible and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for the first 14 days after travel. Please refer to the guidance found in Workplace Isolation School & Childcare Employees

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