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COVID-19: Ministry of Education says 'school is the best place for students to learn'

Last Updated Apr 6, 2021 at 6:52 am PDT

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B.C. Ministry of Education says in-person learning offers range of benefits, including to children's emotional wellbeing

Province says it will continue to work with stakeholders to determine what steps need to be taken at B.C. schools

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Despite concerns from some parents amid rising COVID-19 case counts in B.C., the Ministry of Education says schools are the best place for students to learn right now.

According to the ministry, in-person learning offers a range of benefits — not only to a child’s education, but also for their emotional and social well being.

“… keeping schools open and safe is a priority for our province,” a statement from the Ministry of Education reads. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, public health orders and guidelines have been amended to reflect changing knowledge and the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the community and different settings.”

It adds it will continue to work with local health authorities, medical health officers, and the province’s education steering community to determine what steps need to be taken to maintain safety within schools in B.C.

“It’s important to remember, despite the number of exposures in the community, most COVID cases involving staff or students have not resulted in further transmission within schools, which tells us COVID-19 safety protocols are working,” the statement reads.

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In late March, the province announced all students in Grades 4 to 12 would be required to wear a mask while in school.

This was a change from the previous mandate, which required middle and high school students to wear face coverings indoors.

All teachers and staff from K-12 are required to wear a mask at school.

Mask use continues to be recommended for students in K-3, but is not required. There are exemptions to B.C.’s mask mandate.

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