The Provincial government updated its K-12 education health and safety guidelines to require masks for kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

Earlier today, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced updates to the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings to require masks for kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

Beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, all students in B.C. schools will be required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks and on buses.  This builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in grades 4 to 12.

As always, students will not be required to wear a mask if they are unable to for health or behavioural reasons.  A full list of exemptions can be found on the B.C. Ministry of Health website.  School personnel will ensure that students exempt from wearing a mask are supported.

Parents/guardians should contact their School Principal if they have questions or they require further information.

 

 

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