Posted on 05/06/2020
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Understandably, there are many questions about the expectations for schools to communicate if there is a positive case or if individuals associated with the school are identified as a close contact of a positive case and required to quarantine. Please note the following important information: 

  • AHS identifies close contacts of positive cases and informs them of the requirements to quarantine for 14 days. 

  • A close contact of an identified close contact of a positive case is NOT required to quarantine. Example: One family member is identified as a close contact of a positive case and is required to quarantine. The other family members of the close contact do NOT need to also quarantine. 

  • Schools do not inform the public if a staff member is identified as a close contact of a positive case. 


  • Schools do not direct family members to quarantine. They may encourage families to contact 811 for direction if they have concerns about potential exposure. 



What is considered a COVID-19 Case? 

A person with laboratory confirmation of infection with the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19. 

What is an Outbreak? 

Two or more confirmed cases (staff and/or student) within a 14-day period (one incubation period) or two or more confirmed cases (staff/child) that are epidemiologically linked. 

Who is a Close Contact? (this may be applied differently by AHS depending on the situation) 

In a school setting, close contacts are individuals that: 

  • provide direct care for an individual with COVID-19 or who has similar close physical contact OR 


  • had close, prolonged contact (i.e. for more than 15 minutes cumulative and within two metres) with a case OR 

  • had direct contact with infectious body fluids of an individual with COVID-19 (i.e., was coughed or sneezed on)




On March 28, the provincial government announced reducing funding to all school divisions.


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