Guidance and information for schools and parents to support children and youth in school during COVID-19

Fraser Health has been working closely with school districts and Ministry partners to support students in school. We are aware that schools and parents have many questions about the guidelines and precautions put in place for the 2021-2022 school year. 

What K-12 COVID safety measures will change for the fall 2021 back to school year?

  • As part of the return to school in September 2021, students can expect to learn in classrooms full time. Similar to any other school year, online learning programs will remain available for students.
  • Based on guidance from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, students will no longer be grouped into cohorts this September.
  • Guidance on wearing masks in school settings will be confirmed later this summer and in alignment with broader provincial direction for the fall and winter. For now, current guidance remains in place, which is that K to 12 staff and all students in grades 4 to 12 are required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas. To learn more about masks in schools, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-safe-schools
  • Students will continue to be required to complete daily health checks, stay home when feeling sick and practise diligent hand hygiene.
  • Public health teams and school health officers will continue to closely monitor cases of COVID-19 in schools and the community, and will continue to provide support and guidance as schools return in the fall. 
  • See the B.C. COVID-19 Safe Schools website.

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