COVID-19 Info Centre
Daily Health Checks and safety plans for 2021-22
As we return to a more typical school year, we do so continuing to make sure that the health and safety of our students, staff and community remain a top priority.
It is the responsibility of parents and caregivers to ensure that a Daily Health Check is completed for each student, before they attend school.
You can find the student form here: Daily Health Check for students (Updated Sept 2021)
…or you can use the Province’s online assessment tool: https://www.k12dailycheck.gov.bc.ca/
All staff and other adults entering a building are also required to do a Daily Health Check before entering a school or other site.
You can find the adult form here: Daily Health Check for staff and visitors (Updated September 2021)
…or you can use the Self-Assessment Tool at: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en
Outside visitors and staff that are not regularly assigned to a specific school or district site are still required to log in and out of the building.
There many layered measures that will continue to keep our schools as safe as possible. Here are the highlights:
- The masking requirements that ended last school year will continue as we start this new school year. That means:
- All staff, adults and students in grades 4 through 12* are required to wear masks in all indoor areas of the school, including at their desks or if on a school bus.
- Students in kindergarten to grade 3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
*Exemptions remain in place for students or staff who cannot wear masks or for times when masks may temporarily need to be removed. This includes when consuming food and drink, when actively engaging in an activity that requires temporary removal of the mask (e.g. when playing a wind instrument), when communicating with or providing a service to a person with diverse needs who may depend on visual cues or facial expressions, when a person can not put on or remove their own mask without assistance, when a person can not tolerate a mask, when needing to quickly identify a person, or when speaking through a barrier.
- Daily Health Checks will continue to be required for students, staff and visitors. People should stay home if they are sick.
- The increased focus on hand and respiratory hygiene will continue, with similar access to handwashing and sanitizing options at all schools and sites.
- Enhanced cleaning protocols will remain in place.
- An updated COVID-19 Communicable Disease Plan is being created, based on recommendations and guidance provided by provincial and local health and safety authorities. The District plan will:
- Be customized to include the specific needs of each individual school or worksite
- Include specific guidelines to ensure health and safety needs are met in extra-curricular activities (e.g. instrument mouthpieces should not be shared unless cleaned and disinfected between use, hands should be cleaned before and after using frequently touched equipment, etc.).
All of the above is based on the direction we have received from the Ministry of Education and the recommendations of the BC Centre for Disease Control. The District’s COVID-19 updated Communicable Disease Plan utilizes all of those recommendations. Versions of this plan are also being produced for each school, to ensure each site is working within the same guidelines, adjusted to the specific needs of each site.
This Communicable Disease Plan was updated on September 3, 2021: COVID-19 Communicable Disease Plan 3.1