Updates announced for K-12 COVID protocols

Mar 11, 2022

March 10, 2022

The provincial health officer announced changes to several public health orders this week, meaning the BC Centre for Disease Control has updated its Public Health Guidance for the K-12 sector.

The revised guidance will take effect on the first day of the school’s spring break.

The major changes include:

*Masks will no longer be required, but instead a personal choice of students, staff, and visitors.

*Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms should follow current BCCDC advice on how long to isolate. A sumary of BCCDC guidance can be found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-safe-schools#safe-schools

*People developing symptoms while at school, and who are unable to participate in regular activities, should be supported to go home.

*Schools can go back to routine visitor policies, and routine pick up/drop off practices.

*Events taking place in schools with only students, staff and necesaary volunteers from that school should be limited to 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. Once the PHO Gathering and Events Order is lifted on April 7, all events can return to 100% capacity.

*Events and field trips taking place in venues outside a school can take place with proof of vaccination, but schools should make every effort not to plan activities that might exclude someone if proof of vaccination is required.

Schools are being directed to continue to be supportive environments where both those continuing or not continuing with personal prevention practices (e.g., wearing a mask or face covering) will be supported and treated with respect.