Public health officials has updated the self-isolation rules for 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 is a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

What has Changed?

Under the previous rules, close contacts linked to a Variant of Concern (VOC) case were required to self-isolate. Now that VOCs account for approximately 50 per cent of all new COVID-19 cases, public health now treats all cases as if they have a VOC.

Current Self-Isolation Rules

Under the updated rules, current as of May 14, K-12 education providers can continue to work as long as:

  1. They always wear a medical mask. Any breaks where the mask is removed should be done in isolation of staff and students.
  2. They have no symptoms themselves.
  3. The close contact, if the household member is a close contact, has no symptoms and can self isolate within the home.

Please note, these exemptions do not apply in situations where the educator 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 individual must self-isolate — there are no exceptions.