On October 4, 2021 the Ministry of Education updated health and safety guidelines for all schools in BC, including a mandate to wear masks for all staff and students from kindergarten to grade 12 while indoors at school or on a school bus.
Staff will be supporting student mask wearing through positive and inclusive approaches. In addition, staff will work with students to foster proper mask usage including how to wear, take off and store masks.
How to Wear a Mask Correctly
Staff and students in the District will receive reusable masks at the start of the school year. Schools will have a supply of disposable masks available for students and staff who forget to bring their mask to school. Please click the following links for a video and poster containing reminders of how to wear a face mask.
Removing your Mask
Students and staff will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers will continue to look for opportunities to move their classes outdoors
Students will not be required to wear a mask if they are unable to for the reasons below (for health or behavioural reasons). If your child is unable to wear a mask, you are asked to let their teacher and the office know. A note from a healthcare provide (e.g. doctor’s note) is not required.
- when an individual is unable to wear a mask for health or behavioural reasons;
- if the individual is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
- if the mask is removed temporarily for purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
- if the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. playing a wind instrument, engaging in high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
- if the person is eating or drinking;
- if a person is behind a barrier;
- while providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment) where visual cues, facial expression and/or lip reading/movements are important.
All schools in the District continue to implement all layers of protection as advised by health officials to limit the spread of COVID-19. While mask use is an important layer of protection, it does not replace other measures like staying home when sick or required to self-isolate, completing the daily health check, maximizing physical distancing and proper hand hygiene.
The District will continue to review COVID-19 health and safety protocols and procedures, and update them regularly to help keep students and staff safe.