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Public Health Guidance for a Safe Holiday Season

December 17, 2021

BCID_V_rgb_pos.pngDeputy Minister's Bulletin, Ministry of Education (December 16)

COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities. Amid emerging evidence about the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it is imperative that everyone continues to follow BC’s public health guidance and use layers of protection to keep everyone safe throughout the holiday season. 

It is also important that everyone receive all doses of COVID-19 vaccine for which they are eligible, including booster doses when available. If you haven’t already, register now to book a vaccine appointment and receive an invitation when you are eligible to get another dose. 

The Provincial Health Officer strongly encourages everyone to limit holiday gatherings to family and trusted friends who have been vaccinated, and to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada. Connecting with the people we love and care for is important and we encourage everyone to have a small, safe and happy holiday.

5-11 Vaccination Campaign 

Any child between five and 11 years old can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Parents can register their child in the Get Vaccinated system to be notified of when their child can get vaccinated. The vaccines are free and children do not need BC Care Cards to receive them. 

Please continue to use available avenues to encourage and support families to receive trusted information about vaccines by sharing resources and information from the BC Centre for Disease Control and ImmunizeBC

International Travel and School Responsibilities

  • The federal government has advised Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside the country.
  • Staff and students who travel (or their parent/caregiver) are responsible for ensuring they adhere to all federal travel requirements. This includes adhering to all quarantine and any other specific requirements. 
  • Staff and students who travel should be reminded to regularly review information from the Government of Canada, recognizing requirements are subject to change, particularly in light of the rapidly evolving situation due to the Omicron variant. 
  • The information below summarizes information provided by the Government of Canada about requirements upon returning to Canada following international travel. For up-to-date, full information, visit the COVID-19:Travel, testing and borders site

Government of Canada International Travel Quarantine and Other Specific Requirements

5–11-year-olds 

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under 12 years of age can travel with fully vaccinated parent/guardians. However, they must follow specific requirements when they return to Canada, which includes that they must not attend school for 14 days upon return to Canada.
    • This includes if the trip is under 72 hours. 

12–17-year-olds

  • Fully vaccinated 12–17-year-olds follow the same requirements as adults.
  • While there are some exemptions for 12–17-year-olds who are not fully vaccinated to travel, most international travel (including domestic and international flights departing from most airports in Canada) requires travellers 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age who have travelled internationally are subject to 14-day quarantine and specific testing requirements. They must not attend school for 14 days upon return to Canada.
    • This includes if the trip is under 72 hours. 

Adults

  • While there are some exemptions for adults who are not fully vaccinated to travel, most international travel (including domestic and international flights departing from most airports in Canada) requires travellers 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are not automatically required to quarantine upon return to Canada, though those arriving by air or at a land border may be selected for a mandatory randomized arrival test. They do not need to quarantine while awaiting their results (i.e., can attend school). 

Cross-border custody arrangements 

  • Dependents entering Canada under a custody arrangement are exempt from quarantine and most testing requirements, and can continue to attend school. 

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828