VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Masks will be required for all K-12 staff and all students in middle and high schools when B.C. classes are back in session.
But they won’t be required in the classroom.
The mandate applies to “high traffic” and “common areas” such as hallways and buses, or “anytime outside of their learning group whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained,” according to the Ministry of Education.
“Even when wearing a mask, staff and students will still be required to maintain physical distance from people outside of their learning group. Efforts will be put in place to ensure there is not crowding, gathering or congregating of people from different learning groups in a school setting, even if non-medical masks are being worn,” says a news release.
Masks required for all staff as well as students in middle and secondary schools. They’ll have to wear them in high traffic areas like buses and in common areas like halls. The province says they’ll also be needed anytime outside of their learning group/can’t physical distance.
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Exceptions will be made for students or staff with medical conditions preclude mask-wearing.
The Ministry says enough funding is available to purchase 1.5 million masks — which works out to two per person.