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Students who have left or who have not attended school due to illness, should follow these guidelines before returning to school.
- Individuals are legally required to isolate for at least ten days if they are exhibiting these primary symptoms: fever, cough (new or worsening chronic cough), shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening), runny nose or sore throat. They can return to school or work after ten days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
- Individuals who exhibit secondary symptoms including chills, painful swallowing, stuffy nose, headache, muscle or joint pain, fatigue or severe exhaustion, gastrointestinal issues, loss of sense of smell or taste, pink or generally feeling unwell should stay home and minimize contact with others until symptoms resolve. They can then return to class.
- If an individual had primary symptoms, taken a COVID test with negative results, and has no known exposure to the virus, they are not legally required to further isolate if symptoms are resolved.
- If an individual is considered a close contact—that is, they have been exposed for 15 minutes or more at a distance of less than 2 metres to someone confirmed to have COVID-19—they are legally required to quarantine for 14 days (the period of time the virus takes to incubate) and monitor for symptoms. If during that quarantine they become sick with the primary symptoms, they are required to isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until their symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.