BC Centre for Disease Control
× Launched a new K-12 Schools and COVID-19 website, featuring resources for families, staff and administrators.
× Provided new information on COVID-19 variants.
× Updated the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings on February 18th.
The Province of BC
Updated the provincial COVID-19 Immunization Plan on March 1st.
Learning about COVID-19 & Schools
COVID-19 Safety & BC Schools: What we know so far
We are continuing to learn about COVID-19 in School-Aged Children:
- Fewer school-aged children (5 to 18 years old) have tested positive for COVID-19 compared to adults. Younger children make up a smaller proportion of cases than older children.
- Serious COVID-19 outcomes are less common in school-aged children
- COVID-19 virus has a relatively low case rate among school-aged children
An infographic explaining this information is available here.
It is normal for viruses to change over time, leading to new versions or variants. New variants have been identified since the beginning of the pandemic. COVID-19 variants have been detected across BC, including some people who attend school. So far, these cases are only a small proportion of all COVID-19 cases in the province.
The new variants spread the same way as the original virus, but some COVID-19 variants spread more easily. Because of this, it is even more important to continue to follow the health and safety measures in place in schools. More information on COVID-19 variants is available here.
The PICS Study: Personal Impacts of COVID-19 Survey
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute is doing a survey to understand more about the thoughts, feelings and actions of people living through this pandemic. Anyone over the age of 8 can participate, and the researchers are interested in hearing from children directly. Learn more here.
Tracking COVID-19 for Safer Schools Study
Vancouver School Board staff members are invited to participate in the Tracking COVID-19 for Safer Schools study. Led by BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, this study seeks to determine the extent to which school workers can be exposed to COVID-19 as part of their occupations. Learn more here.
Living Safely in a Pandemic
Longer days and warmer weather are sure signs that spring holidays are approaching. While now isn’t the time to travel, there are many ways to safely enjoy spring holidays close to home. Visit the Safer Celebrations and Ceremonies page to learn more.
With so much happening and so much uncertainty in daily life, it’s normal to feel worried and overwhelmed. It’s important to look after mental health and well-being during COVID-19. Links to mental well-being resources for children, youth, parents and caregivers are available on the BCCDC Mental Well-being Page.
- The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centreoffers tips for caring for younger children, parents and caregivers.
- Foundry BCoffers support for youth 12-24 years old.
Public Health Profile
Public health includes a diverse group of professions that have unique training, skills and experiences. They include doctors, nurses, epidemiologists and health promotion specialists. Across the province, public health professionals work together to support schools impacted by COVID-19.