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Working together to keep students, teachers and our communities safe.

We have been working closely with public and independent schools to support safety plans and communications strategies around COVID-19 in schools.

Changes to contact tracing for COVID-19 in K-12 settings

The Omicron variant spreads rapidly and, as such, contact tracing is a less effective measure in the timely management of COVID-19. What this means is that Public Health is no longer able to contact everyone who tests positive.

As a result, school exposures will not be issued by Public Health for individual cases. Public Health will continue to work with schools if, for example, there is a significant decrease in attendance that is atypical for the time of year, and actions are to be taken, such as notification to the parents and guardians of the affected grade or school community. In the event of a declared outbreak, Public Health will issue a public notification.

Public health measures

Students will continue to be required to follow public health measures, such as staying home when feeling sick, washing their hands, getting vaccinated and completing daily health checks. A daily health check is assessing yourself or your child for symptoms of illness. If you are sick or feel unwell, stay at home. You may also use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. In addition, all K to 12 staff, students and visitors are required to wear masks that fit well and cover both nose and mouth, in all indoor areas.

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Post-secondary COVID-19 safety guidance

As per the Provincial Health Officer, masks will be required for all indoor public areas on campus. In addition, proof of vaccination will be required for students living in on-campus student housing. COVID-19 vaccine appointments are open to anyone five years of age and older. Clinic locations are available at fraserhealth.ca/vax.

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COVID-19 immunizations for youth

Children and young people ages five to 17 are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Clinic locations are available at fraserhealth.ca/vax. For more information on youth immunization, please review the BC Centre for Disease Control Q&A document, or visit the Province of B.C. and BCCDC web resources for more information.