BCCDC and Provincial Health and Safety Guidelines

Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings

The BC Centre for Disease Control has released public health guidance for schools and school districts to prevent the transmission of COVID‑19 and maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, families and staff. The guidance document identifies key infection prevention and exposure control practices to implement, as well as actions to take if a student or staff member develops symptoms of COVID‑19.

Provincial K-12 Health and Safety Guidelines

The Provincial COVID‑19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 were developed by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with education partners and outline the principles and requirements for prioritizing safe learning environments. The guidelines outline key health and safety requirements for B.C. schools and address topics including:

  • Learning groups and physical distancing
  • Student transportation on buses
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Illness and self-assessment policies and protocols
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Considerations for curriculum, programs and activities

The provincial Health and Safety Guidelines are designed to build on the BCCDC public health guidance for K-12, and address a broader range of content and requirements for schools and school districts. In case of any discrepancy between these two guidance documents, school districts and independent school authorities should follow the provincial Health and Safety Guidelines.

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