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.
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:
- COVID-19 safe schools guidelines (Government of BC)
- COVID-19 vaccination information: Children aged 12-17 (BCCDC)
- Information, FAQs, and resources for parents and students, school staff, and administrators and districts (BCCDC)
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.
- Kindergarten to grade 12 health check (Ministry of Education)
- When to get tested for COVID-19 (BCCDC)
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.
- COVID-19 post-secondary plans and protocols (Government of BC)
Masks must be worn in all public indoor areas, including classrooms, labs, lobbies and hallways, stairwells, and elevators.
- PHO order on masks in public indoor settings (Government of BC)
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.
Additional COVID-19 information
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:
See the Northern Health testing and self-isolation information.
Learn about possible COVID-19 school exposures in the NH region.