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

This guidance is for children ages 6 months and older, regardless of vaccination status. 

This guidance does not apply if your child:

  • is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history;
  • has tested positive for COVID-19; or
  • is younger than 6 months of age.

Observe and talk to your child every day to see if they have new or worsening symptoms.

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
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea*
  • Fatigue or just unwell (muscle aches not related to physical exertion, significant loss of appetite)

No symptoms

  • Your child can go to school or daycare and return to regular activities.


If your child has 1 or more red or 2 or more yellow symptoms, your child should stay home

  • Your child should not attend school, daycare or take part in regular activities until they feel better.

If your child has 1 yellow symptom or no symptoms

  • Your child can participate in regular activities, school or daycare.
  • Monitor your child for new or worsening symptoms.
  • *However, if your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 48 hours after their symptoms have gone away.


  • If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 45 days, they do not need to self-isolate or be tested. Once your child feels better, they can return to school, daycare and regular activities.
  • You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to school, daycare and regular activities.