Safe and healthy schools

Last updated: November 29, 2022

B.C. schools work to develop positive and welcoming cultures and are committed to providing good environments for learning.

Schools work to prevent problems through community building, fostering respect, inclusion, fairness and equity. Each school:

  • Sets, communicates and reinforces clear expectations of acceptable conduct
  • Teaches, models and encourages socially responsible behaviour
  • Works to solve problems peacefully
  • Places high value on diversity and defending human rights
  • The BC Centre for Disease Control’s Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings provides guidance for educators, administrators, and support staff at public, independent, and First Nations Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) schools of what communicable disease prevention measures should be implemented to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19.
  • The Ministry of Education and Child Care’s Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 (English | French) build on the BCCDC guidance to outline the principles and considerations for boards of education, independent school authorities and schools for communicable disease prevention planning. The guidelines address topics including health awareness, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, ventilation and masks.

Handling Medical Conditions, Reactions & Pandemics

Ensure student safety by working with parents and guardians to tailor plans for students with specific medical needs. Also find out how to recognize key symptoms and learn what to do in an emergency.

Utilizing the mandated policies in place helps maximize the nutritional daily standards for students. Find out how to offer healthy food and drink options for selling or vending at your school.  

Guidelines at a Glance Brochure:

Complete Guidelines for Food and Drink Sales:


erase is all about building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students