Stage 2 - In-class
School districts and independent school authorities should have the necessary plans in place to be able to shift between stages if and when required.
Last update: May 06, 2021
On this page:
- Instructional delivery
- Curriculum, report cards & assessment
- Health & safety
- Students requiring additional support
- Children of essential service workers
- Elementary & Middle School: 60 people
- Secondary School: 120 people
School density targets are not applicable for this stage.
Self-directed learning supplements in-class instruction, if required.
- Full breadth of provincial curriculum for all students at all grade levels
- Educators plan for and deliver learning through a variety of methods appropriate to the stage and the needs of their students
- Student Reporting Policy remains in effect for K-12
- Provincial student assessments (Foundational Skills, Numeracy & Literacy) remain in effect for K-12
- Individual Education Plans (IEPs) must be updated annually and progress reports provided for each reporting period for all students including students who have an IEP
Health & Safety
- Physical distancing (2M) for staff and for Middle and Secondary School students when interacting outside of their learning groups
- Hand hygiene upon school entry and before/after breaks and eating, using washroom and using gym/playground equipment
- Visitor access during school hours prioritized to those entering to support activities that benefit student learning and well-being
- After hours community use of facilities allowed in alignment with other health and safety measures
- Cleaning and Disinfecting:
- General cleaning and disinfecting of school premises at least once in a 24-hour period
- Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces at least twice in 24 hours, including at least once during regular school hours
- Additional hand hygiene stations and provision of regular opportunities for students and staff to practice hand hygiene
- Floor markings, signage and education to support physical distancing, hand hygiene and other behaviours that reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19
- Any student or staff who has symptoms of COVID-19 OR has travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days OR was identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak must stay home and self-isolate, including children of essential service workers
- Daily assessment of children for symptoms by parents/caregivers, and staff self-assessment - students and staff stay home if symptomatic
- For Elementary School students:
- Minimize physical contact within learning groups or when outdoors.
- Physical distancing (2M) when interacting outside of their learning groups while indoors.
- Personal Protective Equipment:
- Non-medical masks or face coverings are required for all K-12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4 to 12 when inside a school, except when eating/drinking, a barrier is present, or while engaging in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. playing a wind instrument).
- Exceptions will also be made for individuals who cannot tolerate masks for health or behavioural reasons
- Students and staff will each be given two re-useable face masks
- Student transportation on buses:
- Use consistent and assigned seating arrangements; support buses being loaded from back to front and offloaded from front to back
- School bus drivers and students in grades 4 to 12 are required to wear non-medical masks
- Site committees and Joint Health and Safety committees in place and meeting regularly, including prior to any transitions between stages
Offer full-time in-school support and instruction to students with disabilities/diverse abilities and students requiring additional support.
- If required due to public health learning group limits, prioritize in-person supports based on needs assessment
- Teachers and support staff assist students and families with remote learning as required to balance any in-person supports provided
- Consideration should be given to monitoring and responding to the needs of children and youth in care and Indigenous students as appropriate
- Accommodate older children of ESWs if the child has a disability that precludes them from being alone in a home environment
- If desired, school districts/authorities can partner with a licensed child care provider or become licensed to provide before and after school care
School districts/authorities are encouraged to work with onsite child care providers to support continuity of learning groups during before/after school care, where possible.
Stage-specific health and safety expectations are subject to change further to updated public health guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Students in Grades K to 3 are encouraged to wear a mask indoors in schools and on school buses, but are not required to do so - mask wearing remains a personal or family/caregiver choice for these students, and their choices must be respected.