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Aug 24
B.C.'s new K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines

Check Up: Every day, check to see how you are feeling, and stay home if you aren't feeling well. If you have symptoms, get tested.

Back Up: Be mindful and considerate of others' personal space. Try to keep your hands to yourself and only play with your friends.

Wash Up: Wash or sanitize your hands regularly, including after playing outside, going to the bathroom, when putting on or removing your mask, and before and after eating. Be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

Mask Up: All K-12 staff and Grade 4-12 students must wear a mask indoors. K-3 students are encouraged to wear a mask. Ensure your mask is clean and dry, is a good fit, and covers your nose and mouth fully. And remember, don't touch your face or play with your mask.

Vax Up: If you haven't already, register to receive your first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to reduce infections and transmission of coronavirus.

The B.C. government has announced the updated Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings, outlining the protocols that inform the safe operation of our schools this fall.

The updated guidelines were developed by the provincial government in collaboration with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the provincial K-12 education steering committee. They are followed by all school districts in B.C., including Surrey Schools.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, students will return to full-time, in-person learning with various health and safety measures in place.

As was the case during 2020-21 school year, students and staff are still required to do daily health checks and stay home if they are not feeling well.

Wearing masks indoors also remains mandatory for K-12 staff and visitors, and Grade 4-12 students. Students in kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged to wear masks.

Frequent hand washing and sanitization is also recommended and students and staff are asked to be considerate of others' personal space. Cohorts will no longer be in place.

The new school year marks the return of opportunities for sports, music and other extracurricular activities for students. Schools will continue daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

Surrey Schools will continue to work with Fraser Health on the Fraser Health region Rapid Response Team to review school communicable disease plans and support other districts in the Fraser Health region.

Fraser Health will also have the authority to introduce additional regional measures specific to individual schools or the district in instances where community transmission rates are higher.

As we head into another school year, we ask that you continue to follow B.C.'s health and safety guidelines in school settings, adhere to the B.C. Restart Plan outside of school settings, and if eligible, get your first and/or second dose of the vaccine as we work together toward a return to normal.

For more information, read the B.C. government's news release, or see the updated K-12 Education Recovery Plan.


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