At the Abbotsford School District, the health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, and Fraser Health to provide you with the very latest information on COVID-19.
- Guidelines & Resources
- Daily Health Check
- Rapid Antigen Testing
- School Strategy for 2021-2022
Guidelines & Resources
Below are the latest guidelines and resources for our school district as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
→ Requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and unvaccinated children less than 12 years of age
→ BCCDC COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 (Updated March 10, 2022)
→ Provincial Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 (Updated March 10, 2022)
→ Communicable Disease Prevention Plan (Updated March 15, 2022)
Daily Health Check
All parents, guardians, and/or caregivers are encouraged to conduct a Daily Health Assessment of their child(ren) each day before sending them to school. Families can use the provincial BC Thrive Assessment.
Rapid Antigen Testing
The emergence of the more transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 has required changes in public health management. With higher levels of community transmission and a shorter virus incubation period, contact tracing and close contact notification by public health are no longer effective in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. However, the Ministry of Education announced that it would be distributing Rapid Antigen Tests to all staff and students. Below are test kit directions and important updates.
- K-12 STAFF: Arton Rapid Test Directions
- FAMILIES: Rapid Test Directions for Students
IMPORTANT: On February 24th, Health Canada issued a public advisory rapid antigen test kits and potential exposure to hazardous substances. Families are reminded to keep rapid antigen test kits and solutions out of the reach of children and pets.
Our ventilation systems will continue to be inspected quarterly, where our teams will do an overall physical inspection, including changing the filters. A HEPA unit will be installed to ensure the air is changed frequently for the few classrooms and areas within our buildings that rely on natural ventilation. Families who have concerns over air quality or ventilation are encouraged to bring them forward to their school principal. Staff who have concerns over air quality or ventilation are encouraged to bring them forward to their JOSH Committee.
At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, District staff went to every site and did a review of ventilation for classrooms. In September of this year, the District completed an audit of the ventilation filtration system operations for the Ministry of Education.
VENTILATION AUDITS - MARCH 2022
School Strategy for 2021-2022
Toti:ltcha will continue to serve as a framework for our school district as we navigate this school year. Our strategy is developed around the key features related to health, safety, teaching and learning, and detail what families, students and staff expect in schools and sites across the district.