COVID Updates June 17 – Back to School Sep 2021

Provincial COVID-19 Announcements

Regular updates from the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministries of Health and Education regarding policy, direction and other significant announcements surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on education.

Update June 17

NEW! Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Officer in a joint press conference announce the Recovery Plan investment supports safe K-12 return to school for September 2021. More info online at 

Update April 20

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Follow the three-step process. More information online at

Update March 30

To address rising COVID-19 case counts, protect people and communities and help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the provincial health officer is amending the provincial public health orders effective midnight tonight, March 30, 2021. Visit, 

Update March 18

Provincial restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Some restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act. To see the latest restrictions in public places, gatherings and indoor setting, visit

Update February 23

NEW! Based on feedback from the K-12 Education Steering Committee, the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings have been enhanced to clarify requirements related to masks, physical activities, and off-campus settings. Changes have been highlighted. Please note, the BCCDC guidelines have not changed.

Update February 4

Enhanced safety measures and $121.2 million in federal funding are on the way, as the Province continues to strengthen health and safety plans in K-12 schools to keep students, teachers and staff safe during the pandemic. Complete details here.

Update December 8

Extended Provincial Health Officer Order, for all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. to significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel, outlined here.

Update December 7

The Ministry has produced a Q&A document to assist schools and school districts in interpreting the new provincial orders and updated WorkSafeBC guidance regarding COVID-19. Topics include mask requirements, employee health checks, school programs and sports, and community use of schools.

Update December 4

COVID-19 Health and Safety Re-occupancy Requirements and Protocols have been updated to reflect new direction from the Provincial Health Officer on daily health checks and symptoms.

Update November 20

Expanded Provincial Health Officer Order, November 19, 2020 The Provincial Health Officer issued an order for all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. to significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel. Read here.

Update September 15

BC Centre for Disease Control: Public Guidance K-12 Schools, Sept 11 

Update September 4

Ministry of Education Back to School Fact Sheet

Update August 26

Ministry of Education released its plan to support safe return to classrooms. Read online here.

Comox Valley Schools – Return to School Plan September 2020

Update August 21

Ministry of Education new website dedicated to the Return to School has been updated to include posters for use in our school sites. Read more here.

Update August 18

Comox Valley Schools Health Re-occupancy Requirements and Protocols

Update August 7

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)- Back to School September 2020. Read more online in the Deputy Minister of Education’s bulletin here.

Superintendent Letter to Families

Update July 29

Detailed Stage 2 Return to School Plan online here.

Update March 31

The Ministry of Children and Family Development, released an information bulletin, “Province helps essential service workers find child care” that includes an update for K-12 parents. Read more here.

Update March 27

The Ministry of Education launched Keep Learning – a resource for families to find ideas for everyday educational activities, links to free learning resources, as well as how to help children learn and how to ensure their wellbeing while they’re at home – read here. Teachers and schools will still have the primary responsibility for continuous learning. More details in the following news release here.

Superintendent of Schools – Letters to Families 

Other Letters to Families

 Superintendent of Schools – Letters to Staff

Useful Links

COVID-19 Resource Guide

A handy resource guide has been created by the team in Inclusive Education in collaboration with District staff and educators to help link families with community supports during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is on the Parents page and as new information becomes available, we will update the guide online.