August 27, 2021 – Following feedback from education stakeholders and a planning exercise, the Public Schools Branch (PSB) and La Commission scolaire de langue française (CSLF) are acting on the advice of the Chief Public Health Office and will implement policy to ensure compliance with masking to support a safe return to school this fall.
When school starts, the following masking requirements will be in place:
- Masks will be required for staff, students and visitors in all grades when transitioning through the school building. Masks may be removed when seated in classrooms;
- Masks will be required for staff in classrooms in Grades K-6 when physical distancing is not possible; and
- Masks will be required for staff and students in all grades on school buses.
There will be ongoing evaluation of these measures by the Chief Public Health Office.
Vaccination remains the most effective way to reduce the risks of COVID-19, and is strongly recommended for all eligible staff, students and visitors to schools. The PSB and CSLF are confident in a high vaccination rate among school staff and will not make vaccination mandatory at this time.
The PSB and CSLF will continue to work with our schools and education stakeholders as we navigate the year ahead. Plans for the 2021-2022 school year will need to be flexible and recognize that COVID-19 may impact different schools, communities and regions at various times and levels. Schools will communicate regularly with parents and guardians on the operational plan for their schools based on the COVID-19 risk level.
As students, parents and school staff look forward to a near normal return to in-class learning and school activities, and with additional supports available in all families of schools, we are optimistic that the flexible back to school plans will allow for the highest quality and safe education experience for all.
Senior Communications Officer
Public Schools Branch