Kindergarten to Grade 12 education providers (all teachers, administrators, and support staff), who have been directed to self-isolate because a member of their household is either awaiting a COVID-19 test result or a member of their household has been deemed to be a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, can continue to work if:
- They always wear a medical mask. Any breaks where the mask is removed should be done in isolation of staff and students.
- They have no symptoms themselves.
- The close contact, if the household member is a close contact, has no symptoms and can self isolate within the home.
- The close contact is not linked to a Variant of Concern (VOC) case.
Note: Kindergarten to Grade 12 education providers can continue working until the VOC outcome is known. There may be several days of delay between a case receiving a positive test result and confirmation that the positive test result was due to a VOC. These household members should still self-isolate when not at work.
These exemptions do not apply in situations where the staff person themselves is awaiting a COVID-19 test result or has been deemed to be a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case. In these situations, the staff must self-isolate—there are no exceptions. As well, staff with a household member who is a close contact of a person with a positive COVID-19 test due to a VOC are not exempt from these isolation measures.
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