Squamish Nation: COVID-19 Guidelines for K-12 Schools

Press Release

The Government of BC recently announced updated COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools. A full summary from the North Vancouver School district can be downloaded here.

Public Health guidelines:

  • Vaccinations. According to public health, vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools and communities. Public health and the North Vancouver School District continue to strongly encourage all British Columbians aged 12 and over to be fully vaccinated.
  • Staying Home when Ill and the Daily Health Check. To reduce the likelihood of coming to a school or school district site when ill, students, staff and other adults (e.g. visitors) are required to complete a daily health check prior to entering the building.
  • Masks. All students in grades 4 to 12, K-12 staff, and visitors will be required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas of schools, including when they are at work stations/desks.
    • Students in kindergarten to grade 3 are encouraged to wear masks in all indoor areas of a school.
    • In a grade 3/4 combined class, the mask requirement will apply to all students, including those in grade 3.
  • Cohorts. Also known as learning groups, these are no longer recommended by public health as a COVID-19 mitigation measure and will not be used.
  • Physical distancing. While public health no longer recommends strict physical distancing of two metres, schools will work on strategies to help with respecting personal space, including using available learning spaces and taking students and learning opportunities outside, where and when possible.
  • COVID-19 School Exposure Notifications. If a student or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19 and potentially infectious while at school, Public Health (Vancouver Coastal Health) will continue to investigate and work closely with the school district and schools on next steps (i.e. timely action and communication).

Capilano Littlest Ones School will also be adhering to all Provincial Public Health Guidelines.

For information on other public health guidelines regarding COVID-19, visit squamish.net/covid-19


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