Regional Medical Health Officers continue to be able to place local public health orders requiring additional health and safety measures beyond the guidance in this document at their own discretion, based on their authority under provincial legislation. These measures may be put in place during times of increased community transmission of COVID-19, and within communities with low vaccination uptake, based on local epidemiology and in proportion to the risk.
Local public health orders may be placed for entire regions or communities, including but not limited to schools (unless schools are specifically exempted), or for specific settings or activities within a health authority region. For schools, the local Medical Health Officer may issue a recommendation to implement specific additional health and safety measures during times of elevated risk. Additional regional measures are likely to be similar to some of those in place during the 2020-21 school year, and may include: limits on gatherings and events, reconfiguring room arrangements or incorporating more activities that maximize space between people and reduce face-to-face contact, limiting visitors, and recommending increased mask use.
ACS will be prepared to adjust to these health orders and recommendations as seamlessly as possible. Teaching staff will continue to provide some level of online presence (through our myLearning classroom sites) in each of the classes, to allow for a relatively smooth transition, if required.