The province has introduced new COVID-19 guidelines that now require staff and students, that have at least one symptom of COVID-19, to stay home and self-isolate along with everyone in their household.
"This policy is set because of concerns related to new variants of COVID-19. The problem with the new variants is they can spread more easily as well they can spread faster. In order to use case and contact management as a tool, it's important to isolate contacts as soon as possible" said Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer at Health at Northwestern Health Unit.
Anyone within a school community that has any new or worsening COVID-19 symptom, even those with only one symptom, must stay home, without exemption, until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or it has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.
Additionally, all members of the household must self-isolate, even if they don't have symptoms. No one should leave home, even for essential reasons until the symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or they have completed the isolation period of 14 days since the last contact with the symptomatic household member.