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December 2, 2021

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Can your child go to school or return to regular activities?

Read the recommendation for children attending school, daycare or activities during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

There is guidance for: 

  • non-immunized children 6 months to 5 years old;
  • non-immunized children 6 years and older; and
  • immunized children 6 years and older. 

 

For non-immunized children 6 years and older

This guidance is for school-aged children 6 years and older who have not completed a COVID-19 immunization series 14 days before they show any symptoms.

This guidance does not apply if your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.

Talk to your child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms. COVID-19 is a disease that can be prevented through vaccination, but this vaccine is not yet available for younger children. People who are unvaccinated are more likely to become sick from the COVID-19 virus.

Red symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 

Yellow symptoms 

Yellow traffic stop

  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Acute or intense fatigue
  • Generalized muscle aches (not related to physical exertion)
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
 

No symptoms

  • Your child can go to school and return to regular activities.
  • You can continue to encourage them to follow the Safe 6.

 

If your child has 1 or more red or yellow symptoms, get your child tested

Your child should self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until they’ve been tested and the result is negative. Phone the COVID-19 Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 or your local health centre to book a test.


If you do not get your child tested

If their symptoms go away sooner than 10 days without testing, self-isolation is still recommended unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.


Exceptions

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away. If their runny nose or nasal congestion lasts longer than 24 hours, is mild and not getting worse, and the child is otherwise well, they may return to school. You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to school and regular activities.

For immunized children 6 years and older

Download the Can your child go to school or return to regular activities poster: immunized 6 years and older.

This guidance is for children 6 years and older who have completed a COVID-19 immunization series 14 days before they show any symptoms.

This guidance does not apply if your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.

Talk to your child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms. COVID-19 is a vaccine preventable disease. People who have received the vaccination are less likely to become sick from the COVID-19 virus.

Red symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 

Yellow symptoms 

  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Acute or intense fatigue
  • Generalized muscle aches (not related to physical exertion)
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
 

No symptoms

  • Your child can go to school and return to regular activities.
  • You can continue to encourage them to follow the Safe 6.

 

If your child has 1 or more red symptoms, get your child tested

If you have any symptoms and are part of a cluster or notification asking you to self-monitor, testing is strongly recommended for any symptom listed.

Your child should self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until they’ve been tested and the result is negative. Phone the COVID-19 Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 or your local health centre to book a test.

If you do not get your child tested

If their symptoms go away sooner than 10 days without testing, self-isolation is still recommended unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.

If your child has one or more yellow symptoms

When your child has one or more yellow symptoms and is not part of a cluster or notification, your child can return to regular activities and can return to school once the symptom goes away.

Exceptions

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after symptoms have gone away. You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to school and regular activities.

For non immunized children 6 months to 5 years old

Download the Can your child go to school or return to regular activities poster: 6 months to 5 years old.

This guidance is for children aged 6 months to 5 years old. This guidance does not apply if your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.

Observe and talk to your child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms. COVID-19 is vaccine preventable disease, but the vaccine is not yet available for younger children. Individuals who are not vaccinated are more likely to become sick if infected with the COVID-19 virus.

The best way to protect children who cannot be immunized yet is to have the adults and caregivers around them fully immunized. Find out about the COVID-19 guidelines for Yukon licensed child care centres, school age programs and family day homes.

Red symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 

Yellow symptoms 

Yellow traffic stop

  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Acute or intense fatigue
  • Generalized muscle aches (not related to physical exertion)
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
 

No symptoms

  • Your child can go to school and return to regular activities.
  • You can continue to encourage them to follow the Safe 6.

 

If your child has 1 or more red or yellow symptoms, get your child tested

Your child should self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until they’ve been tested and the result is negative. Phone the COVID-19 Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 or your local health centre to book a test.


If you do not get your child tested

If their symptoms go away sooner than 10 days without testing, self-isolation is still recommended unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.


Exceptions

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away. If their runny nose or nasal congestion lasts longer than 24 hours, is mild and not getting worse, and the child is otherwise well, they may return to school. You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to school and regular activities.

This guidance is for school-aged children 6 years and older who have not completed a COVID-19 immunization series 14 days before they show any symptoms.

This guidance does not apply if your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.

Talk to your child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms. COVID-19 is a disease that can be prevented through vaccination, but this vaccine is not yet available for younger children. People who are unvaccinated are more likely to become sick from the COVID-19 virus.

Red symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 

Yellow symptoms 

Yellow traffic stop

  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Acute or intense fatigue
  • Generalized muscle aches (not related to physical exertion)
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
 

No symptoms

  • Your child can go to school and return to regular activities.
  • You can continue to encourage them to follow the Safe 6.

 

If your child has 1 or more red or yellow symptoms, get your child tested

Your child should self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until they’ve been tested and the result is negative. Phone the COVID-19 Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 or your local health centre to book a test.


If you do not get your child tested

If their symptoms go away sooner than 10 days without testing, self-isolation is still recommended unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.


Exceptions

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away. If their runny nose or nasal congestion lasts longer than 24 hours, is mild and not getting worse, and the child is otherwise well, they may return to school. You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to school and regular activities.

Download the Can your child go to school or return to regular activities poster: immunized 6 years and older.

This guidance is for children 6 years and older who have completed a COVID-19 immunization series 14 days before they show any symptoms.

This guidance does not apply if your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.

Talk to your child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms. COVID-19 is a vaccine preventable disease. People who have received the vaccination are less likely to become sick from the COVID-19 virus.

Red symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 

Yellow symptoms 

  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Acute or intense fatigue
  • Generalized muscle aches (not related to physical exertion)
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
 

No symptoms

  • Your child can go to school and return to regular activities.
  • You can continue to encourage them to follow the Safe 6.

 

If your child has 1 or more red symptoms, get your child tested

If you have any symptoms and are part of a cluster or notification asking you to self-monitor, testing is strongly recommended for any symptom listed.

Your child should self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until they’ve been tested and the result is negative. Phone the COVID-19 Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 or your local health centre to book a test.

If you do not get your child tested

If their symptoms go away sooner than 10 days without testing, self-isolation is still recommended unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.

If your child has one or more yellow symptoms

When your child has one or more yellow symptoms and is not part of a cluster or notification, your child can return to regular activities and can return to school once the symptom goes away.

Exceptions

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after symptoms have gone away. You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to school and regular activities.

Download the Can your child go to school or return to regular activities poster: 6 months to 5 years old.

This guidance is for children aged 6 months to 5 years old. This guidance does not apply if your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.

Observe and talk to your child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms. COVID-19 is vaccine preventable disease, but the vaccine is not yet available for younger children. Individuals who are not vaccinated are more likely to become sick if infected with the COVID-19 virus.

The best way to protect children who cannot be immunized yet is to have the adults and caregivers around them fully immunized. Find out about the COVID-19 guidelines for Yukon licensed child care centres, school age programs and family day homes.

Red symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

 

Yellow symptoms 

Yellow traffic stop

  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Acute or intense fatigue
  • Generalized muscle aches (not related to physical exertion)
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
 

No symptoms

  • Your child can go to school and return to regular activities.
  • You can continue to encourage them to follow the Safe 6.

 

If your child has 1 or more red or yellow symptoms, get your child tested

Your child should self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until they’ve been tested and the result is negative. Phone the COVID-19 Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 or your local health centre to book a test.


If you do not get your child tested

If their symptoms go away sooner than 10 days without testing, self-isolation is still recommended unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.


Exceptions

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away. If their runny nose or nasal congestion lasts longer than 24 hours, is mild and not getting worse, and the child is otherwise well, they may return to school. You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to school and regular activities.