COVID-19 Info & Resources

Five-stage approach for K-12 education during pandemic

The Ministry of Education has developed a five-stage approach: Stage 1 represents all students in all grades learning in the classroom, while still abiding by strict health and safety guidelines. Stage 5 represents a full suspension of all in-class instruction.

The aim is to begin school in September at Stage 1, if the risk of transmission is low and with the support of the provincial health officer. If there is an outbreak or a second wave in the 2020-21 school year, schools can move in and out of each of the stages to ensure the safety of students, their families and employees, while maintaining continuity of learning.

Education stages for K-12 students:

Stage 5

  • Suspend all in-class instruction for all grades and students.
  • Remote and online learning for all students.

Stage 4

  • In-class learning for children of essential service workers, students with disabilities and students who require additional support, five days a week.
  • Remote and online learning continues for most students.

Stage 3

  • In-class learning for children of essential service workers, students with disabilities and students who require additional support, five days a week.
  • Kindergarten to Grade 5 – part time, two to three days a week, with 50% of students at a time in schools. 
  • Grades 6-12 – one day per week, with 20% of students at a time in schools. 
  • Remote and online learning continues to be available for students.
  • Parent/caregiver choice to return to in-class instruction.

Stage 2

  • In-class learning for children of essential service workers, students with disabilities and students who require additional support, five days a week.
  • In-class learning for all students in elementary school (kindergarten to Grade 7) on a full-time basis.
  • In-class learning for secondary students (grades 8 to 12) on a part-time basis, with 40% of students at a time in schools.
  • Remote and online learning continues to be available for secondary students.

Stage 1

  • A return to full in-class instruction five days a week, while continuing to follow strict health and safety guidelines.

Learn More:

For more information on health and safety standards for K-12 schools, plus accurate, timely information about schools, programs and educational services, including regularly updated frequently asked questions in multiple languages, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/SafeSchools   

More information on health and safety standards for child care, plus the latest COVID-19 related child care information is available at: www.gov.bc.ca/ChildCareCovid-19Response

WorkSafeBC information:
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/joint-health-safety-committees
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/posters/help-prevent-spread-covid-19-handwashing?lang=en
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/managing-risk/controlling-risks
https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/rights-responsibilities

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For the provincial health officer’s orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19