Glarea Circle

COVID 19: HEALTH MANDATES 2022-2023

PREVENTION MEASURES:

Prevention measures are in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These include effective personal practices like health awareness, staying home when sick and regular hand cleaning. All students and staff should:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Practice health awareness
  • Stay home when sick

HEALTH AWARENESS:

Health awareness reduces the likelihood of a person coming to school when they are sick. This includes checking regularly for symptoms of illness to make sure you or your child don’t come to school while sick.

Students, staff and other adults should follow public health guidance and the recommendations of their health care provider when they are sick.

MASKS:

The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice for everyone. This choice should be supported and treated with respect.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE GUIDELINES:

Updated guidelines include input from the Ministry of Education and Child Care, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), Indigenous rights holders and education partners, including teachers, parents and school administrators.

VENTILATION:

School districts must ensure heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed, operated and maintained to Occupational Health and Safety and WorkSafeBC standards.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING SCHOOLS:

General cleaning of schools, including cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, will be conducted at least once in every 24-hour period and when visibly dirty.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:

If A Student Or Staff Member Develops Symptoms At School:

  • They will be separated from their classmates or colleagues
  • Separated children will be supervised and cared for
  • The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted, and asked to have their child picked up as soon as possible
  • Staff will be asked to go home as soon as possible
  • Custodial staff will clean and disinfect the areas the person used

Local Public Health Orders:
Local public health orders may be put in place for entire regions or communities, including schools, or for specific settings or activities within a health authority region. A local Medical Health Officer may issue a recommendation for an individual school, a group of schools, a school district or all schools within the health authority region, to implement specific additional health and safety measures during times of increased risk.

IN AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM:

School visitors:
Visitors must follow the school’s communicable disease prevention plan, including staying home when sick.

Music, physical education, sports, clubs and extracurricular activities:
All music and physical education programs, sports, clubs and extracurricular activities are allowed:

  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected before and after use
  • Students will clean their hands
  • Before and after using shared equipment
  • Before and after outdoor play
  • Students will be asked not to share equipment that touches the mouth, like an instrument mouthpiece or mouthguard, unless cleaned and disinfected in between uses
  • Students will be encouraged to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing

Assemblies, gatherings and events:
There are no capacity limits on school assemblies, gatherings or events. ​