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.