Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Ingrid Tyler answers common questions from schools and parents around returning to school during COVID-19.

  • What safety measures are being put into place in schools? 

  • Which safety measure is most important? 

  • Do students and staff need to stay exactly two metres (six feet) apart? 

  • How do cohorts help prevent transmission of COVID-19 in schools? 

  • How can I help prepare my child for a safe return to school? 

  • What happens when there is a COVID-19 exposure in a school? 

  • When would a child, teacher or school staff member be required to self-isolate (i.e. not come to school)? 

  • If my child has been potentially exposed to COVID-19, do they need to stay home from school? 

  • Will I know if my child has been exposed to COVID-19? 

  • What if someone in a child’s household has COVID-19? Can the child still go to school? 

  • What happens if someone is self-isolating, but they are not symptomatic or diagnosed with COVID-19?

  • What if someone has been confirmed as a positive COVID-19 case? Do household members have to self-isolate and stay home from school? 

  • Why are masks not mandatory for all students, teachers and school staff? 

  • How will schools maintain physical distancing? 

  • What safety measures are in place for activities outside of classroom hours? 

  • What is the importance of maintaining ‘familiar faces’ and how does it help prevent transmission of COVID-19? 

  • What do I do if there is a sick child in my child’s class? 

  • What if my child is sick? Who do I notify?

  • What do parents need to do if they think their child has potentially exposed others to COVID-19?