Updated: September 14, 2021
To reduce the likelihood of coming to a school or school district site when ill, students, staff and other adults (e.g. visitors) are required to complete a daily health check prior to entering the building.
- Families and students can use the K-12 Health Check app.
- PDF: Daily Health Check from the B.C. Ministry of Education (Updated September 22, 2021).
- Staff and other adults can refer to the BCCDC’s When to get tested for COVID-19 document.
- Staff, students and families can also use the BCCDC online Self-Assessment Tool, call 8-1-1 or their health care provider.
- As a reminder, students, staff or other adults must stay home when ill or when required by public health to self-isolate.
It is the responsibility of Parents/Guardians to assess their child for symptoms of COVID-19, they must confirm they understand how to complete the Daily Health Check by signing the Daily Health Check - Acknowledgement Form
Travellers entering Canada
must follow testing and quarantine requirements, visit travel.gc.ca
for more info. There are some exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada. Please follow the guidance from health authorities regarding self-isolation [source
Students, staff and other adults who are not fully vaccinated and have travelled outside of Canada CANNOT
attend school for 14 days after arrival, as part of federal requirements. This includes children under 12 who are travelling with their fully vaccinated parents [source
Staying Home, Self-Isolation and Symptoms
Stay Home When Required to Self-Isolate
Students, staff or other adults must stay home if they are required to self-isolate. Additional information on self-isolation requirements and support is available from the BCCDC.
Symptoms of Illness and Return to School
Students, staff or other adults should stay at home when sick, as this is one of the most important ways to reduce the introduction to and the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
When a staff, student or other adult can return to school depends on the type of symptoms they experienced (as indicated in the K-12 Health Check app and BCCDC When to get tested for COVID-19 resource), if a COVID-19 test is recommended, and the type of illness they had (e.g. COVID-19 or other illness). See Appendix A — COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing & Return to School for more information regarding what to do when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Students and staff who experience symptoms consistent with a previously diagnosed health condition (e.g. seasonal allergies) can continue to attend school when they are experiencing these symptoms as normal. They do not require re-assessment by a healthcare provider and should not be required to provide a healthcare provider note. If they experience any new or unexplained symptoms, they should seek assessment by a healthcare provider.
Students or staff may still attend school if a member of their household develops new symptoms of illness, provided the student/staff has no symptoms themselves. If the household member tests positive for COVID-19, public health will advise the asymptomatic student/staff on self-isolation and when they may return to school.
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