MASK WEARING POLICY

updated August 2021 

1.  On school premises, all adults and children over the age of 12 must adhere to the most recent update, of the Province of British Columbia Public Health Orders, regarding Mask wearing.

2. Children/students may wear a mask based on personal or family choice.

3. Child care staff and other adults should wear a mask when indoors and interacting with other adults except when:

  • they can consistently maintain physical distance, or
  • there is a barrier in place, or
  • eating and drinking.

Child care staff and other adults may choose to wear a mask indoors when engaging in prolonged, close interaction with children. Careful consideration should be given to the potential impact of mask wearing on visual cueing and non-verbal communication with children, as these interactions play an important role in learning and development. – BCCDC- Child Care Guidelines

During early childhood development (ages 0-5), a child needs to see an adults face to be able to visually process the information he/she is receiving to learn language, social interaction/cues, and to receive instruction.

4. Persons are exempt in wearing a mask if:

  1. They are a person who is less that 12 years of age;
  2. A person who is unable to wear a face covering because of
    1. A psychological, behavioural or health condition, or 
    2. physical, cognitive or mental impairment;
  3. The face covering is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it.