COVID FAQs and SHA Answers







The following FAQs are provided by the Saskatchewan Health Authority for schools, daycares and Before and After programming:

1. When does my child have to isolate?

  • Like adults, children who are not fully immunized are required to self-isolate if they are close contacts to a case for 14 days from their last exposure.

  • If not fully immunized:

    • Children that were exposed outside of their household (school, extracurricular activities or other community places) may leave self-isolation only to attend school or their regular daycare for the hours childcare is required as long as they do not have any symptoms. They cannot attend any extracurricular activities and must wear a mask unless they are aged two or under.

    • Children exposed to a case within their household are required to self-isolate for 14 days from their last exposure and cannot attend school or daycare.

2. Why the focus on household exposures? What’s the difference?

  • There is a higher risk of transmission within households due to closer and more prolonged interactions. Household members commonly share meals, spaces such as bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, and most likely don’t wear masks when spending time with their own household members.

  • When a household member tests positive for COVID-19 and is isolating in the home, it is difficult to prevent ongoing exposures even when household members try to isolate from others in the home.

  • Individuals that are exposed to COVID-19 cases in their home are more likely to become COVID-19 cases themselves because the Delta variant is much easier to spread and exposures are likely to have occurred before the household member was diagnosed.

3. Does my child have to isolate if they are vaccinated?

  • Children who are fully immunized and do not have any symptoms do not need to isolate. If they develop symptoms, they should get tested and must isolate. If the test is negative, they must stay home until their symptoms have improved for 48 hours.

4. What if my child develops symptoms of COVID-19 after being exposed to a case?

  • All individuals should self-monitor following an exposure. If your child develops symptoms, your child should get tested and not attend school or daycare.

  • If your child is not fully immunized:

    • If the exposure occurred within the household, and your child tests negative, they will need to continue to isolate until 14 days after their last exposure to the case.

    • If the exposure occurred outside of the household, if the test is negative, once their symptoms have improved for 48 hours, they can leave isolation only to attend school or daycare for the duration of their 14 days self-isolation period.

  • If your child is fully immunized, they should not attend school until their symptoms have improved for 48 hours.

  • Proof of a negative test is not required for children to return to school or daycare.

5. My child attends childcare before and after school. Does the exemption apply to child care and daycares?

  • Daycare, including before and after school, is included within the exemption. Children who have been exposed outside of the household can continue to go to daycare as long as they do not have any symptoms. They would not be able to continue participation in before and after-school extracurricular activities that aren’t associated with the care of minors, e.g. volleyball, swimming, chess club, etc.

6. Does this apply to preschools and playschools? Why not? What’s the difference?

  • Playschools and preschools are not included in the exemption. Children in playschool and preschool must not attend playschool or preschool at any time during their self-isolation period, if they are close contacts to a case.

  • Only Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12 students that attend curriculum-based programming and children that attend daycare will be notified by public health of classroom exposures and exempt from self-isolation to attend classes or daycare.

  • If a child that goes to pre/playschool also attends daycare, they can continue to attend daycare for the hours childcare is required as long as they were not exposed to a case within their household and do not have any symptoms.

  • Exemptions are provided to prevent the negative impacts of repeated or extended self-isolation to children’s mental health, academic, social and physical development and reduce the societal burden associated with parental absence from work to care for children not allowed in daycare/school.

7. Why aren’t teachers exempted from isolation when there’s a classroom exposure?

  • As COVID-19 transmission risk is higher from adults to adults and from adults to children in school, household and community settings.

  • Teachers who not fully immunized must self-isolate if they are a close contact to a case.