Dr. Ingrid Tyler, Executive Medical Director and Medical Health Officer and Dr. Ariella Zbar, Medical Health Officer from Fraser Health, answer common questions from schools and parents around returning to school during COVID-19.

  • What is the process for case and contact management in schools?

  • When would someone be asked to self-isolate?

  • Is it safe for my child to attend school? 

  • 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? 

  • 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?