In addition to concern about class sizes, many Ontario parents of school children are concerned about a memo that has been going around instructing teachers on changes to self-isolation protocols.
Moving forward, teachers who come into close contact with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—such as a member of their household—will not be required to self-isolate.
These changes came into effect September 21, and as of this date, teachers who choose to self-isolate due to exposure to symptomatic individuals will be required to return to work or use a family emergency, personal or unpaid day.
However, those who come into close contact—such as someone in their household—with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have the virus will still be required to self-isolate.
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Additionally, those who are informed by a Public Health Case Manager that they are a high risk for having come into close contact with a confirmed case through contact tracing will also still be required to self-isolate.