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

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Five Stages Framework for K-12 Education: Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5


Instructional Delivery

In-class instruction provided full-time for all students for the maximum time possible within established public health learning group limits[1]:

  • 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.

Curriculum, Report Cards & Assessment

  • 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[2]

  • 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[3] 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[3]
  • Site committees and Joint Health and Safety committees in place and meeting regularly, including prior to any transitions between stages

Students Requiring Additional Support

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

Children of Essential Service Workers

  • 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

[1]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.

[2]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.

[3]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.