Guide for Parents of Children Going To School, Childcare or Camps

COVID-19

Last Updated: November 4, 2021

Children can keep going to school, childcare or camps if they’re well and don’t show signs or symptoms of being sick. If your child is sick, they should stay home until they feel better. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they are legally required to isolate. If your child is a household contact of a confirmed case, it is strongly recommended that they stay home for 14 days, if they are not fully immunized.

See below to find information about what to do if your child feels unwell. These resources are available in 8 languages.

Your Child Has COVID-19 Symptoms

Part 1 - Your child has 1 or more of these COVID-19 symptoms that are new, getting worse, or not related to other known causes: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste.

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Part 2 - Your child has 1 or more of these COVID-19 symptoms that are new, getting worse, or not related to other known causes (and none of the symptoms listed in part 1): chills, sore throat or painful swallowing, runny or stuffy nose, feeling unwell or very tired, feel sick to their stomach (nausea), vomiting, or diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, muscle or joint aches, headache, pink eye (conjunctivitis).

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Note: Chronic symptoms that can be explained by a pre-existing medical condition (such as allergies) are considered part of your child’s baseline health. As long as these symptoms don’t change, the child can continue to go to school or childcare. Your child should have one negative COVID-19 test to set this baseline.

Your Child Does Not Have COVID-19 Symptoms

Your child doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms and has been a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. See Information for Close Contacts for more information.

Your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms. Your child can continue to go to school or childcare. If your child has any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above, check this page for information about what to do.