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Administrators and Districts

Sector leaders can find K-12 guidance and tools to support low-risk in-person learning in schools and resources for working with parents and communities.
Last updated: March 10, 2022

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. 

  • Everyone eligible gets all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Schools implement and update communicable disease plans.
  • Students, staff and parents/caregivers follow school communicable disease plans. 
  • Regions provide additional guidance when there is greater risk in a community.

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.

The public health guidance for schools has been updated for the 2021/22 school year. 

Guidance for Prevention

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:

  • Ensuring ventilation systems are working effectively
  • Providing frequent opportunities for hand cleaning
  • Supporting use of face-coverings or non-medical masks based on personal choice

Public health guidance informs the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 School Settings, developed by the Ministry of Education with Indigenous rightsholders, K-12 education and health partners. Schools and school districts must follow these guidelines. 

The resources below provide school administrators with the information they need to implement safety measures.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Resources for School Community
School administrators and school district staff play an important role in keeping schools low-risk. By helping staff, students and their families understand prevention measures and encouraging compliance, school administrators can reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools.

Additional resources can be found on the Ministry of Education’s website.

COVID-19 Cases in Schools

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

School staff may need to provide information about their vaccination status to their school district if the local Medical Health Officer (MHO) issued a directive following the introduction of an Order from the PHO.

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