Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) improves the health of British Columbians by seeking province-wide solutions to specialized health care needs in collaboration with BC health authorities and other partners.
Students, staff, and others can take preventive actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in K-12 school settings. Staff can attend school safely when we work together to follow public health recommendations.
Together, these steps can help prevent the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19 in schools. We all have a role to play in making our schools safer.
Every school in B.C. must have a communicable disease plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Plans include multiple layers of protection, such as:
If a regional or provincial recommendation or Order is placed that impacts your school, the school or school district will be notified by public health. This will include information about which measures should be implemented in your school.
School administrators may receive voluntary reports from one or more individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have attended school while infectious.
If administrators learn of cases of COVID-19 within their school, they should follow the guidance outlined in COVID-19 Protocols for School & District Administrators and Staff: Management of School-Associated Activity.
Public Health Response
Following contact by school administrators or signals detected through public health monitoring of the online reporting form, public health may consider additional actions, including sending specific public health guidance to the class, grade, or broader school community.
If transmission is occurring in the larger school community and requires extraordinary public health measures, an outbreak may be declared at the discretion of the local Medical Health Officer.
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