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Covid Guidelines

Andrew Shirkoff, Director of Risk
This article was last updated on October 15, 2021

The School is constantly assessing how to best prioritize the health and wellbeing of our community. Please see below for the latest COVID guidelines.

Visitors
Parents, caregivers, health-care providers, volunteers, and other non-staff adults (i.e. visitors) entering school buildings will be required to book appointments in advance.  The School is required to keep records of visitors to the campuses for 45 days.  Masks are required for visitors, contractors, volunteers, etc.  All visitors at both campuses are required to complete a BC Health Assessment to ensure they are well enough to be on campus.

Masks
The Ministry of Education and the BCCDC have mandated that adults and students wear masks while inside school buildings.  At St. George’s School, this means that masks are required for visitors, parents, contractors, volunteers, employees, and students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, other than when eating or drinking or when engaged in a high-intensity activity. 

Anyone riding the School’s bus system is also required to wear a mask when riding on the bus. 
Exceptions to the mask-wearing requirement can be found on the Provincial Health Officer’s website

Exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health conducts contact tracing for every laboratory-confirmed case. 
When a school employee or student is confirmed to be a COVID-19 case, Public Health will directly contact those individuals who are required to take new action, such as self-isolate.  If there is an increased risk of ongoing transmission of COVID-19 to groups they were a part of (eg. a class), Vancouver Coastal Health will reach out to the School if any additional action by, or assistance from, the School is required.  

In cases where there are possible exposures at the school, students and adults who have not been contacted by Public Health are not required to take additional actions other than continue to complete their Daily Health Check. 

If action is required by the School, a school exposure notice will be posted on the COVID-19 potential exposure events on the VCH schools page.

We ask that the privacy of any person who has been impacted, as well as their families, be respected. 

Health and Wellbeing
Schools support students in developing their potential and acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need for lifelong success. In-person learning, as a part of student peer engagement, supports social and emotional development as well as overall wellness. 

Our focus is to provide the richest educational experience possible for all of our students and to safely bring our school community back together again. It is important to our students’ development to ensure they have a sense of belonging and strong relationships with classmates and teachers. It also provides many students access to programs and services that are integral to their overall health and well-being.

VCH
The School continues to be guided by the directives of Public Health Authorities to support the health and well-being of our community.  Vancouver Coastal Health has prepared resources for schools and families. These resources are found on VCH School Communities page.

Communicable Disease Plan
Schools are “controlled” environments where access is controlled, hygiene and cleaning procedures are supervised, and attendance is readily tracked.  St. George’s has developed a plan to reduce the risk of communicable disease transmission as well as safeguard students, employees, contractors, visitors, and school facilities. 

The School’s Communicable Disease Plan is found here.
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