Information current

October 27, 2020

We're in Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Watch the latest video update. For medical questions or if you feel ill, phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Exposure notice issued October 23, 2020.

Can your child go to school or return to regular activities during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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This guidance is for children 6 years and older. 

Talk to your child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms.

Pre-existing conditions do not apply. For example, a child with asthma may have a cough, and some children get frequent runny noses during cold weather. You can talk to your child’s teacher about what's normal for them.

Red symptoms

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

When your child has 1 or more red symptoms

Get your child tested

Testing is strongly recommended if your child has 1 or more red symptoms. 

Your child must self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until tested and the result is negative.
Call the COVID Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 to book a test.

If you do not get your child tested

They must self-isolate for 10 days from the beginning of symptoms, even if the symptoms clear up in fewer than 10 days.

Yellow symptoms 

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

When your child has 2 or more yellow symptoms

Get your child tested

Testing is recommended if your child has 2 or more yellow symptoms for more than 24 hours. 

Your child must self-isolate and cannot attend school or take part in regular activities until tested and the result is negative.
Call the COVID Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 to book a test.

If you do no get your child tested

If symptoms clear up sooner than 10 days without testing, self-isolation is still required. That is unless you're told otherwise by your family physician or your rural primary healthcare centre.

When your child has 1 yellow symptom

Your child can return to school once the symptom goes away. 

Exceptions

  1. If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after symptoms have gone away.
  2. If the runny nose/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 or regular activities.

No symptoms

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

This guidance does not apply if:

  • Your child is a contact of someone who has COVID-19.
  • Your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.
  • Your child recently returned from travel outside of Yukon.