The opening of the U.S./Canada border and the upcoming Mid-Term and Winter Breaks may have families considering international travel. Parents should be aware of the federal travel guidance around COVID-19, especially that unvaccinated students are not allowed to attend school for 14 days following international travel. This includes travel to the United States.
You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the full series of vaccines or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.
Unvaccinated students ages 12-17 are required to follow all quarantine requirements. Unvaccinated students under the age of 12 who are accompanied by someone who qualifies for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption are not required to quarantine, however, these students have the following restrictions:
For the next 14 days, the children must:
not attend school, camp, or daycare
not attend large or crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as an amusement park or sporting event
not take buses, subways, trains, or other crowded transportation
not attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g. long term care facility)
limit contact with others:
remain with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian, as much as possible
wear a mask and physically distance when in contact with non-household members
stay in a place that allows the child to avoid all contact with any person who:
has an underlying medical condition that makes the person susceptible to complications related to COVID-19
has a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment; or is 65 years of age or older
There is no allowance or exemption for unvaccinated students to return to school within 14 days following international travel, regardless of who they travel with or if they receive a negative PCR test result. The School is not able to support remote learning for students who are required to self-isolate or quarantine as a result of international travel.
As always, we will continue to provide remote learning for families who are directed to self-isolate by the public health authority.