We are so excited to welcome you back to school on Tuesday, September 7! God is good!
The Government of BC and the Ministry of Education have communicated to all BC schools (public and independent), new guidelines for full-time, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. ACS is busy updating our Health and Safety Policy (formerly known as COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy) specific to communicable diseases to accommodate many of the changes as they relate to our context.
Please take careful note of the safety requirements that were communicated by the province in the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K – 12 Settings. This document was updated on August 24 2021.
There are still unanswered questions that schools are waiting to here back from government, but for now, some big questions did get answered.
Below is a summary to help you plan for the upcoming school year. These details will all find their way into our Communicable Diseases Health and Safety Policy which will be updated and available soon.
Government guidelines CONTINUED from June 2021:
- Hand hygiene requirement continues
- Stay-at-home-if-sick requirement continues
- Mask requirement for all staff indoors including on buses continues
- Mask requirement for all visitors indoors including on buses continues
- Mask requirement for students in grades 4-12 including on buses continues
- Masks not required but recommended for students in K-3
- Parents must complete a health check daily before sending their child to school
- Staff and visitors must complete a self-health check daily prior to entering the school
- Continued enhanced cleaning
- Vaccinations for all eligible staff, students, parents, and visitors is encouraged but not required, or discriminated against.
Government guidelines that have CHANGED:
• No cohorts/learning groups
• Respecting personal physical space replaces the 2-meters-apart requirement
• Extracurricular activities may resume
• Gatherings may resume at school
• Campuses are now open for visitors—however we recommend making appointments (and all guidelines listed above will be adhered to).
Exceptions for the Mask Requirement
Quoted from the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K – 12 Settings:
“The guidance outlined above regarding mask requirements does not apply to staff, students, and visitors in the following circumstances:
- to a person who cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons;
- to a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
- if the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
- if the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. playing a wind instrument, engaging in high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
- if a person is eating or drinking;
- if a person is behind a barrier; or
- while providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment) where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements is important.”
*If exemptions are required, please connect with the campus principal to discuss.
We are so grateful that we are one step closer to being “back to normal.” Thank you for helping do your part to bring us to this point. There will be more communication coming via the Messenger eNews in the week to come, so be watching for this.
In the meantime, thanks for your partnership as we embark on this new and unique school year. It’s our prayer that the ACS community continues to reflect Christ’s love as we seek to engage minds, nurture hearts, and shape God’s world.
If you have questions or concerns, as always feel free to reach out.
On behalf of the Leadership Team,