The rules and issues around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve and information changes consistently. Please take note of when our content was written and always go to the sources we’ve provided for the most current guidance.

With school back in session, there’s a chance that kids may show symptoms of cold, flu, or other illnesses. To help figure out when a COVID-19 test might be necessary, check out this helpful resource from the Doctors of BC website.

Questions you may have

  • What should I do if my child gets sick?
  • When should we test for COVID-19?
  • Should my child stay home? and for how long?
  • When do we need a doctor’s note?

A helpful resource if your kids get sick this fall

Doctors of BC has provided a series of easy-to-follow documents that help parents and doctors make decisions around testing and doctors notes:

There is help available

As a reminder, the BC Centre for Disease Control suggests that anyone with symptoms should use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if they need testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else (like your child) if they are unable to.

You can also call 8-1-1 anytime to talk to a nurse at HealthLinkBC and get advice about how you or your child is feeling and what to do next

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Look through all of our COVID-19 related information on our website.

Where do we fit in?

Yes, we are a provincial regulator. We are responsible for some very specific transactions in BC. We aren’t experts on COVID-19. We won’t – and shouldn’t – ever give medical or legal advice. But we are in a unique circumstance right now and we want to help people navigate the current reality. We don’t have all the answers, but we will do our best to share information from reliable sources, put it in ways that are easy to digest and understand, provide referrals and help you navigate this situation.

About Consumer Protection BC

We are responsible for regulating specific industries and certain consumer transactions in British Columbia. If your concern is captured under the laws we enforce, we will use the tools at our disposal to assist you. If we can’t help you directly, we will be happy to provide you with as much information as possible. Depending on your concern, another organization may be the ones to speak to; other times, court or legal assistance may be the best option. Explore our website at