COVID-19 back-to-school information

Last updated: September 1, 2021, 4:14 pm

Northern Health is committed to supporting a safe return to school for the 2021-2022 school year. Use this page for information on kindergarten to grade 12 schools (K-12) and post-secondary back-to-school guidelines, where to find COVID-19 immunization clinics, reporting reactions to vaccines, how to get COVID-19 testing, and COVID-19 school exposure information.

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What you need to know about back to school

Individuals born in 2009 or prior are encouraged to get vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to help keep yourself and others safe. Learn about the guidelines and mandates for kindergarten to grade 12 schools (K-12) and post-secondary institutions:

School guidelines

Kindergarten to grade 12

Daily health checks

Everyone should complete a daily health check including school staff, adults entering school buildings, parents, caregivers, and students. Students and staff or other adults entering the school should not come to school if they are sick or directed to self-isolate by public health.

Masks

Masks will be required in all indoor areas for all kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) staff, visitors, and students in grades 4+.

Other school and youth health information

Please visit the school and youth health Northern Health webpage for information on a variety of other health topics.

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Post-secondary

Masks

Masks must be worn in all public indoor areas, including classrooms, labs, lobbies and hallways, stairwells, and elevators.

On-campus housing

In addition to the province-wide proof of vaccination requirements, students must provide proof of vaccination to live in some on-campus housing. This requirement starts September 7. More information will be available soon on the post-secondary studies during COVID-19 (Government of BC) website.

Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination is not required to attend in-person classes, seminars, or tutorials. Students participating in health science programs must be fully immunized to participate in student practicums and placements in long-term care or extended care facilities.

People will be required to show proof of vaccination (BC's vaccine card) to access services on campus like gyms, nightclubs, restaurants and some indoor events. Students living in on-campus housing will require proof of vaccination.

Visit the Government of BC post-secondary webpage for more information.

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Additional COVID-19 information

Where to get vaccinated

Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, young people, and others against COVID-19. Find a community or on-campus clinic near you:

Visit the COVID-19 vaccine immunization clinics

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Reporting vaccine reactions

If you experience unexpected side effects, report them to your local health unit. Learn about expected vaccine side effects (BCCDC).

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How to get a COVID-19 test
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COVID-19 school exposures

Learn about possible COVID-19 school exposures in the NH region.

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